A British artist has made a hat inspired by the Chrysler Building – to celebrate the start of New York Fashion Week.


Paper-cutting artist Boo Paterson designed the vintage-influenced headwear as part of a collection based on iconic New York buildings.


These beautiful pieces are wearable works of art, with subtle architectural cues cut into the designs, such as the Chrysler’s iconic triangular window pattern.


Paterson said: “I’m a big fan of Art Deco in general, and have loved the Chrysler since I was a little girl.  To me it represents everything that was great about the Jazz Age: hope, optimism, and exceptional style.


“As all of these elements are representative of New York Fashion Week too, I decided to launch the hat to celebrate the start of it.”


Paterson approached renowned British millinery company, Lilly Lewis, with the idea of collaborating on a collection of hats referencing classic New York architecture, including Grand Central Station, the Woolworth Building, the Empire State Building and the Radiator Building.


Paterson draws the designs and sends them to Jen Lewis – Lilly Lewis’s founder – to make into a hat. Paterson then does the cut-outs by hand with a surgical blade, before sending the hat back to Lewis for finishing and fixing.


Lewis gained widespread recognition in 2008, when Top Shop approached her to make hundreds of hats exclusively for their UK and international stores. In 2012, her range of Jubilee and Olympics-themed hats for the firm – including teacup fascinators and high-glitter Union Jacks – were a huge hit with the media and frequently appeared on ‘Best Buy’ lists.


Her sought-after creations are worn by UK celebrities, such as TV personality Fearne Cotton and opera singer Katherine Jenkins.


Paterson – who is working with Lewis under the title of Manhattan Millinery for this project – added: “It seemed natural for Jen and I to collaborate, as we both love architecture, vintage and New York. Our plan is to make Manhattan Millinery into a long-term partnership.”




*Picture by Laurence Winram



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