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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Despite the stuffy nature of all things bridal, London avant-milliner Misa Harada created a wedding-inspired collection of hats for Yohji Yamamoto's spring debut of Y's Red Label, designed by Michiko Suzuki. Here's how it went down, in her own words...

"Yohji's new Red Label designer, Michiko Suzuki, watched a documentary about me on Japanese TV and was apparently fascinated with my work. I got a call from Y's people last summer and was invited to Paris for a meeting. It all happened just like that!"

"The concept of the collection, called Just Married, was to take masculine hat forms and translate them into feminine ones, adding a touch of haute couture. Yohji's team gave me complete freedom over my designs, which was lovely."

"I am here to introduce the fun of wearing hats. My hats are totally wearable and never just for occasions. My hats are cut and applied with techniques of couture, but manufactured so that they're affordable. I like to fill in the gap in the millinery market—it's neither high street nor couture."

"I got into millinery totally by accident. I came to London in 1987 to follow my love of English music and the London fashion scene, and ended up studying fashion. During my fashion degree, we were given a millinery tutorial by Mrs. Shirley Hex. She was teaching Philip Treacy at the Royal College of Art at the time, and encouraged me to apply to RCA, which I did. She completely made me fall in love with the art of millinery."

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