Patricia Underwood is the subject of this book with the subtitle: 'The way you wear your hat'. It was written by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de la Chapelle with foreword by Isaac Mizrahi. Patricia Underwood is a well-known hat maker and designer.
She is a well-known name in the world of the hat makers. Who has never heard of her? As soon as you start making hats yourself, you suddenly notice her name everywhere. Patricia Underwood has worked for Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Oscar de la Rente, Isaac Mizrahi and many other fashion designers. The photos in the book are from her own collection and a summary of many editorial photos that have appeared in fashion magazines all over the world.
Talking about Patricia
The book opens with a few pages with very nice pictures of famous stars with hats. All photos are without accompanying text and have a high 'Vogue' glamour & glitter content. After Isaac Mizrahi's long foreword, Doria de la Chapelle takes over with a text: 'Patricia Underwood, queen of hats'. She describes Underwood's vision, but also her youth and career. The story is interspersed with a few pages with family photos of Patricia as a child and adults.
Wearing hats takes confidence because it is a choice.
Society says we have to wear clothes, life says we have to wear shoes, but YOU have to choose to wear a hat.
So the fact that somebody could choose a hat that I made and
feel that it enhances her life in some way, is a gift to me!
Talking about hats
Halfway through the book follows 'Portfolio'. These chapters are divided into types of hats supported with many beautiful (editorial) photos and short accompanying texts.
Did you knew there are so many types of hats? If you look at the photos you will recognize them quickly, except for the fantasy hats, these are very special and you will not easily spot them on the street.
outdoor-hats-english-style.htmlFashion designer Patricia Underwood and collaborations
Finally, the book shows many examples of collaborations with fashion designers who like to 'order' the hats from Patricia Underwood. But not only fashion designers, by the way, because Patricia Underwood has also worked for musicals, TV series and films. A few of them as examples: Crocodile Dundee II, Sex and the city, Four weddings and a funeral and Six days and seven nights.
Finally: The making of hats. Not much is disclosed here, but still fun to read, just like the last chapter: Patricia her favorite hats.
Do you want to make Patricia Underwood-hats? Patricia Underwood guides you through the process with this sewing pattern made for Vogue sewing patterns. The hats are casual, practical and, above all, wearable. Unlike many hats in her book, which are extravagant and almost too beautiful to wear. Unless you're a world star, starring in a movie, walking the catwalk or just love to stand out!
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