Last week I went to the Tim Walker exhibition at Somerset House, where a supersized swan graced a dining room, Agyness Deyn sensually fizzled in a sandy dune corner, and cartoon aircraft crashed through the wall in the ultimate collision with fantasy. I associate avant garde hats with this form of fashion photography, where models breathe surreal life through gothic branches, teacups and other such parties on their head. Like an extension of the story and silhouette, millinery makes a myth something so much more in a single shot.
Mr Wood’s is a new name in millinery that could end up propelling to such an exhibition aesthetic, where zoology, ornithology and taxidermy harness headwear with a sinister difference. The breathtaking Epoque collection includes a twisted, lacquered willow with a nest that houses two little red birds, and a couture winged showpiece consisting of tropical bird wings and long antique jet tassels.
Take the essence of urban legends from vintage British quirks; like the lost manor houses that breed decadence and horror, and the dark fantasy of nearby woodland at night. Put an old English partridge and a wood pigeon into the mix, and you’ll be transported to new artistic heights in Mr Wood’s millinery imaginarium.
Words: Charles Matthews