This page is devoted to two people who make hats today. One is Carol Marston originally an angora sheep farmer who founded
www.hatshapers.com a company that supplies modern hat
blocks, and the second is Diane Siverson of
www.ladydianehats.com . She makes hats that can be used for
costuming or fashion purposes.
You can make your own hats using Carol Marston's products
www.hatshapers.com or you can buy ready made hat products
designed to be used in situations such as amateur dramatics or costumed fairs
etc., from a creative lady like Diane Siverson. Diane Siverson makes
hats that have an ostentatious feel to them. A quick look at a few of
her styles and an Edwardian themed My Fair Lady instantly springs to mind as
easily, as does a Gainsborough painting when you see her hats.
In the re-enactment picture just below a modern day lady
wears a white summer lingerie dress with a magnificent hat from Diane. Yet also
in the header above we have a lovely example of a cloche hat and this style is
perfect for the early
flapper cloche hat era. Just below see an enlargement of a
re-enactment player wearing a Lady Diane Hat. Twelve examples of Lady Diane's
reproduction hats are
shown below further down in the table.
I think visitors to the fashion-era website will enjoy
seeing her hats in the table below and on occasion purchasing directly from Diane. Here
are some pictures of hats courtesy of Lady Diane's Hats. You can find out more
information and see more styles and prices of hats at her site
www.ladydianehats.com. Read more about
Diane's hats further down. Also read about
how Carol started her business for hatshapers
which are hat moulds.
You can check prices and side views at the ladydiane
Click thumbnails for lovely enlargements
Every hat that Diane makes is an original hat designs
that is hand tailored. They also have a unique reformable brim designed to
accent your style by bending the brim into any shape that you wish time and
again. At an extra charge you can also have hats custom made by her and
this would give you the opportunity to match for example a bridesmaid's hat to
her dress or an historical costume to the hat. Above is a
selection of period style hats courtesy of
Carol Marston used to spend hours waiting for her children when they
were exiting school and she began to ease the boredom of the long waits by
knitting hats as she sat in her car and using up some of her wonderful angora yarns.
Eventually she had a pile of hats. She decided she needed a hat block
to felt and block some of the fifty knitted angora hats she'd made.
She found the traditional wooden blocks on offer quite
expensive, so using her knowledge from her days worked as a dental assistant,
she experimented with dental moulding products to produce her first modern hatshaping
mould. Further experimentation over a year, led to the creation of
plastic moulded bases able to withstand the heavy temperatures involved in
steaming hats. Her hat company was born. You can read more about Carol's Hatshapers and exactly how her company evolved right here
at her site
Carol has found a market for her hat shaping products because they
are a modern approach to an old skill. The old skills of hat making are
suddenly being revived developed in lots of situations, but in particular for
re-enactment events, but often using modern uncrushable materials. So
here you have two good links that will enable you to experiment with products
to make your own hat or if you are not a creative type you can easily order
one to suit you.
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