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Maria Etkind is a graphic design and milliner living in The Hague, Holland this is her journal. 


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London Hat Week 2019 and much more!

Maria Etkind

I had the privilidge to attend London Hat Week 2019 for the first time this year. I had such great time learning new techniques and meeting new milliner that now I can call my friends! I took 5 classes with world class milliners, attended the Xterrece Hat Show, Dior and the Mary Quant fashion exhibit at the V&A museum. I was also able to attend a few lectures that were organized by LHW and the V&A.

The best part about my trip was meeting new milliners, teachers that I have looked up to and of course Stephen Jones!

Dior Exhibit at the V&A Museum, London

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior's relationship with Britain. Learn more about this exhibit at

London Hat Week 2019 Official Exhibition: ‘The Great Hat Exhibition – World Garden.

Milliners from around the world were invited to apply to showcase hats inspired by nature for thousands of visitors to see. All exhibition hats will incorporate exotic, exquisite, intriguing flowers, plants, or landscape scenes in some way. The exhibition will be set up with a form of themed gardens for London hat lovers to be immersed in a journey across continents and enjoy the wonderful colous and forms of nature captured by the exhibiting milliners. 

My London Hat Week Workshops:

I took classes with Carole Maher, Ian Bennett, Maor Zabar, Jane Taylor and Dillan Wallwork. I learned how to use thermoplastics, made buntal straw turbans, couture hat techniques, 3-D hats, cabbage feather flowers and more.

Party time meeting new and old friends!

So nice to see my old Dutch millinery teachers and hang out with new milliners!

Mary Quant Exhibit and Stephen Jones Dior Lecture:

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

I was so thrilled to meet one of my millinery idiols while in London. This was the highlight and end of my amazing trip!

Stephen Jones: is a leading British milliner based in London, who is considered one of the world's most radical and important milliners of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.[1] He is also one of the most prolific, having created hats for the catwalk shows of many leading couturiers and fashion designers, such as John Galliano at Dior and Vivienne Westwood.

A little black dress

Maria Etkind

Givenchy to Audrey with Love

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert Givenchy had a friendship that spanned 40yrs. She knew what her style was and he knew how to dress her.

Walking through the gallery at the Gemeente Museum, The Hague. I could only wonder what their conversations would be like. She would call Hubert and tell him where she was going and what she wanted. He would sketch madly and give her a few options to choose from. Then together they would make a beautiful show stopping dress, but did they know they were making an icon? 

This exhibit takes you on a visual journey of the dresses Hubert created for Audrey and other clients like Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The collection of dresses and gowns span from 1960's-1990's. The gowns had an elegant simplicity and were accentuated with intricate beading, feathers, fur, lace, pearls, silks, wools and hats. Audrey’s wardrobe from her movie "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" was also on display and juxtaposed with the actual movie playing in the background. The colors of her movie wardrobe are so much more vibrant and detailed than what you can appreciate in the big screen. The pink silk organza cocktail dress was just exquisite with hand sewn sequins, cotton trim and a silk organza shocking pink bow. Her style was truly timeless and Hubert’s vision and talent were extraordinary.

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