Like visitors to the fashion-era website I also enjoy
browsing the internet. So I was excited to make contact with Constance
Willems and her wonderful knitted hats. Constance has kindly allowed me
to bring a selection of them to you here. I felt they were just
the sort of hats people would feel fitted really well into the new
millennium, after a century of hat history. You can of course visit
Constance's site below to see even more examples and all the many available colours.
You can also order and buy one of her stylish hats at her site.
These hats Constance designs, also take a fresh approach
to knitted hats in the 21st century. She uses luxury yarns of cashmere,
merino and silk or straw to knit her fabrics for the hats and sometimes felts
the knitted fabric. Many are double faced rib
knits. The hat can be a wrap or a
portable rain hood and suit many different people, from the funky young man or
woman about town who loves unusual headgear, to the traditional wearer of
head coverings as seen in the Middle East.
One factor I like about Constance's hats is that they
seem timeless, ageless and free of the old restraints of formality associated
with hat wearing. Many would also be comfortable to those receiving
medical treatments which involve the head. I'm sure they are the sort
of hat that becomes like an old friend, suiting urban environments as much as
Constance Willems has a professional background in
fashion and textiles which has involved practising her artistic craft skills
in a practical way by creating new artwork and passing on her valuable skills
teaching students of textiles. She has excellent machine knitting
design skills. She studied fashion & textile design at the Royal
Academy of Art in the Netherlands. From that moment on, she always
worked as a designer of knits for all different kinds of fashion companies in
For some years Constance was a professor of textile
design teaching in Holland and Germany, but since her hats collection became
more internationally renowned, she recently stopped a full time teaching job
to concentrate on freelance designer work.
This more recent work
includes innovative designer knits for the opera, theatre and television in
Germany. Look above at some of these unusual hats and you'll see why I
like them so much. My favourite is the straw crown and my husband
really liked the crown too when we discussed the image. Constance also makes the wedding crown in
silver or gold and you can see the image and prices for this at her
Constance is available for teaching, talks or workshops
at congresses, design schools, fashion academies and universities. She
is a very talented lady.
You can check prices and more styles and colours at
Constance's web site www.knithats.de
My sincere thanks to Constance Willems for allowing
me to use her interesting and modern hats in this hat history section.
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