Working from her home studio, Gráinne produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avant-garde styling and modern materials to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted. Grainne also reworks and remodels vintage headpieces under the design label Pluck & Devour.
Magners Light Spring into Summer 09 Debut Catwalk Collection
The Gráinne Maher Millinery debut collection comprised of ten original designs from the Gráinne Maher Millinery Couture range plus two hats from the vintage remodelled Pluck & Devour label.
Pluck & Devour
A silver sequined pillbox with blue merry widow veiling and a large dark-blue sinamay brimmed hat with navy merry widow veiling began life as vintage hats that were repaired and reworked using contemporary materials to transform and add that extra wow factor.
The Couture range of dramatic headpieces wowed the audience with their gravity defying shapes and show stopping sillhouetttes. Grainne also tapped into this seasons ‘colour blocking’ trend for the acid pink statement piece (pictured above).
Constructed from sinamy with adornments of hand-dyed feathers and diamanté embellishments these sculptured pieces are breathtakingly beautiful.
Grainne notes the late performance artist Leigh Bowery, (who was the main focus of Boy George’s musical Taboo) as a huge influence on her work.
“Long before I became a milliner, I had an interest in the flamboyant Bowery who constructed a persona and image bordering the realm of acceptable, using make-up, bondage gear and theatre to morph from one outrageous guise to the next. He had a penchant for polka dots, and I do too.
“There are a range of iconic photographs of Bowery covered head-to-toe in polka dot body paint, and I’d like to think of my polka dot headpieces as referencing that in some small way. The bow-shaped piece will of course for many reference pop figure ‘Lady Ga-Ga’, but the three circular cuffs which hang from it can be worn one each on a wrist, with the third there for the wearer to use their imagination as to how it could be employed… a nod to Bowery’s bondage past.
“It was my intention to explore ‘length’ in this collection, the hanging cuffs being one example. I then took this idea and developed it in a more elegant way for the gold wire and black swarowski crystal fascinator piece. It had several very long black ribbons attached to it with gold hoops decorated with a range of black and gold beads dangling almost to the ground. These ribbons are detachable if necessary. The idea of encorporating ‘length’ in my headwear designs is one that I intend to expand upon in future collections.
Contact Grainne on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography by Jessica Weber.
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