Veiling, for a big heap of “je ne sais quoi”
The veil is steeped in decades of religious, spiritual, ideological history. But for a young western starlet-enthusiast (like myself) the veil is an alluring bit of drama that can and should be pulled from bridal/funeral decoration back into the flush faces of fashionable women. I went out on the town months ago in one of my favorite cocktail hats with a big black birdcage veil and ran into some old friends from high school. When they saw me, one of them remarked, “Going to a Funeral?!?”. “No darling”, I replied, “I dress like this all the time”. Why not right?
Veiling was introduced by the same woman who created the infamous cloche hat of the 1920s. Caroline Reboux is a great millinery muse of mine. She promoted hats as essential for women (yes!). As well as the Cloche design, she was the first woman to ever put a veil on a hat, so she engineered two of the most glamorous styles in millinery. Veiling comes in rayon, nylon or silk, in a variety of sizes, colours, and designs. I’ve found that it’s harder to come by today, there’s only one place in Vancouver to get veiling and it comes in a limited range of colours, however, Hats By Leko is an amazing resource for tons of hard to come by millinery supplies.