Sunday, September 13, 2015
Australian Milliner Wendy Mead
Wendy Mead learnt to make exquisite hats to the standards of a Paris long gone. But, racegoers (the Melbourne Cup) now seem less willing to pay for quality.
``I'm fastidious" she says of her work. ``This is the way I learnt: that an eighth of an inch to the right can make the difference." (And, when she tips a short-brimmed pot style over her own right eye, you know what she means.) ``It's the subtlety. It's an art. You've got it, or you don't . . ."
Her oversized parabuntal straw beret (2009) is not so subtle, but definitely very impressive.