“From the age of eight I have loved to create wearable items, often from old and forgotten pieces. In school I always found a way to guide my projects to a fashion or textile outcome.”
Mariana left her home in Rostrevor at 18 to study foundation art and design at Manchester Metropolitan University before undertaking a BA (hons) in Embroidery. She was then selected to be part of a team of eight graduates to feature in the North West’s Graduate Design Tour.
She says millinery was a natural progression following her studies, “Its innately sculptural qualities draw a close parallel to my practice, which is underpinned by stitch techniques and fabric manipulation to create a three dimensional form.
“I have always been fascinated with the fashion piece that adorns the face and neck because of its intimate association with character and personality. The dual purpose of the hat; to conceal or to attract attention, is a concept that intrigues me greatly.”
Her early years spent re-inventing old clothes from her grandparents’ wardrobe by adding her own touch has been a key inspiration to Mariana as a milliner, “I’ve always liked discovering new materials or using them in an unexpected way. My love for authentic tweeds and wool suiting fabric came to a forefront in the later stages of my studies, but I guess these traditional fabrics have always been something I’ve been drawn to as I would often explore the contents of an old wardrobe at my grandparent’s house.”
Mariana opened the Newry Style City fashion show alongside fashion designer Shauna Fay with a fabulous array of handmade hats and fascinators for the Spring/Summer season, “I also collaborated with designer Shauna Fay to create a head piece for one of her dresses. I used teal silk, to set off her dress and combined this with hot pink and black silk.”
With regards to creating seasonal head pieces to compliment the changing fashion, Mariana pays careful attention to the popular colours and fabrics, “I tend to work in parallel to colour, texture and textile trends of the fashion world. My March Spring/Summer collection featured silks and flashes of colour through eye-catching beads, crystals and bright coloured threads. My recent pieces capture ideas of Summer hedonism, tropicana and the exotic.”
Drawing inspiration from visionaries such as Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Issey Mikaye and Philip Treacy alongside forms found in
industry and machinery and the tailoring and detailing in clothing from past and contemporary eras, Mariana looks set to create an endless assortment of unique and creative head pieces, and we can’t wait to follow her promising career!
Mariana designs a range of hats, half hats, headpieces, fascinators, hairpieces, corsages which are suitable for an array of occasions and events.
She creates made-to-order designs, working through private consultations with customers, to fulfil their exact requirements.
Contact Mariana at 07712592488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view more of her work by clicking through to her Facebook page.