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Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection

Behind the scenes at my Spring/Summer 2015 photoshoot

My Spring/Summer AURELIA collection is finished and the photos are currently being edited- hooray!  Such a relief to have completed the collection and with 20 new pieces, it’s my biggest one to date.

Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection
With  previous collections I have tended to do all the photography and editing myself but have always wanted to have a proper shoot and so when my lovely friend and make-up artist, Flora Dickie, asked if I wanted to work with her and photographer, Nick Radley, I jumped at the chance!

Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection

Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection

Flora and Nick met while they were both at college and have recently combined their strengths in forming a team to do professional photo shoots.  It is such an amazing idea and worked really well, making everything so unbelievably easy for me! I had put together a mood board and we discussed ideas for make up and potential models prior to the shoot. We were extremely lucky to get the gorgeous Jenny Guttridge to agree to model the hats on the day.  Nick assists photographer Darren Black who was unbelievably kind to let us use his studio for the day which was fantastic.

Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection
I had such an amazing day and cannot thank Flora, Nick and Jenny enough for all their hard work.  Can’t wait to get the photos back!  Hoping to officially launch the new collection later this week so if you’re in need of a hat for Ascot or an upcoming wedding, definitely get in touch!

iona@ionamontgomery.co.uk : 07796444315 : www.ionamontgomery.co.uk

Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection
Gorgeous Jenny

Iona Montgomery Spring/Summer 2015 AURELIA Collection

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Making hats for Fashion Week

Over the past few months I have been working a few days a week for the wonderful Stephen Jones and his incredible team in the ‘Model Millinery’ department and have been loving every minute of it!

This department focuses on creating Stephen’s couture and innovative designs which has meant that I have been able to work on some amazing pieces for various designers throughout Fashion Week. Here are some of Stephen’s awesome designs which I have worked on for him –  I just wonder what the next wonderfully mad creation will be!

Thom Browne / Stephen Jones Millinery Fall 2014

'Fox' top hat Thom Browne/ Stephen Jones Millinery Fall 2014
‘Fox’ top hat
'Fox' top hat Thom Browne/ Stephen Jones Millinery Fall 2014
Wire frame ‘Fox’ top hat

Schiaparelli / Stephen Jones Millinery Spring 2014 Couture

Gold leaf headdress Schiaparelli / Stephen Jones Millinery Spring 2014 Couture
‘Real’ gold leaf headdress
Gold leaf headdress Schiaparelli / Stephen Jones Millinery Spring 2014 Couture
‘Real’ gold leaf headdress

Ulyana Sergeenko / Stephen Jones Millinery 2014 Couture

Black beaded cocktail hat Ulyana Sergeenko / Stephen Jones Millinery Spring 2014 Couture
Black beaded cocktail hat

Hat Featured In The Latest Edition of Wylde Magazine

I was delighted to see that one of my hats actually featured in the latest (5th?) edition of Wylde magazine.  The Newstand website has the following to say about Wylde:

Cover of the latest edition Wylde magazine
Cover of the latest edition of        Wylde  magazine

“Hugely impressive, and impressively huge, Wylde is a stunning bi-annual photography, culture fashion and visual arts magazine, with a few fascinating interviews thrown in for good measure. 

The large scale format – it really is impressively sized – gives the exquisite full page photography that forms the majority of Wylde’s content the space to full express itself. Each issue offers photographic explorations of style and fashion – with handy explanations of who designed the clothes in the shoots – as well as more esoteric and shocking subject matters. Gorgeous, strange and a little bit crazy, all in one impressively sized publication”

They go on to say “As well as being an excellent collection of fashion, photography, culture and art, the sheer size of it means that it has other potential practical uses. Say you were stuck on one side of a river and needed to cross it? Simply use an issue of Wylde as an impromptu raft. Need to construct a small fort? Wylde could provide the building blocks of your castle.  We kid, of course, it isn’t actually big enough to do this, but it is still a hugely impressive publication to plonk down on your coffee table and show off to any visitors.”

It truly is a big and impressive publication, especially as it’s A3 size, and the styling throughout the magazine is absolutely amazing. For this particular shoot, my lovely friend, stylist Laura Sophie Cox, was assisting. She and everyone else on the shoot did such a good job producing these beautiful images.

Using the ‘Ethereal’ hat from my Prufrock Collection, a garland of cream roses, red fruits and black was added to complement the outfit they had put together with black & gold embroidered top and black pencil skirt.  The overall result, as you can see below, is pretty stunning and dramatic.

Full outfit in Wylde magazine photoshoot
Full Outfit featured in Wylde Magazine

Sorry that the close-up photo below is a bit fuzzy but it shows the hat in a bit more detail, together with an inset of my standard ‘Ethereal’ hat just to illustrate the sort of transformations that are possible.

Close-up of my 'Ethereal' hat with added garland
Close-up of my ‘Ethereal’ hat with added garland (and original inset)

Anyway, as you can see below, I am now moving in exalted circles – Victoria Beckham designed the skirt!! Mixing in exalted company?!

Working on a new commission

Over the past week, I have been working on a commission for my wonderful friend Louisa Freeman to wear to a winter wedding this last weekend- she looked beautiful!

Louisa wore an amazing orange coat and wanted a bespoke hat to match her outfit.  After trying on designs from my Spring/Summer 2014 ‘Prufrock’ Collection she fell in love with the ‘Evening’ headpiece.  Given the recent wintery weather, Louisa was attracted to darker colours and decided to have the hat made all in black  with  orange quills, providing a splash of colour.

Here are some photos showing several stages in the making process:

Iona Montgomery Millinery - Prufrock Collection 'Evening'
1. Black sinamay button base
Iona Montgomery Millinery - Prufrock Collection 'Evening'
2.  Positioning trim and securing it to the base
Iona Montgomery Millinery - Prufrock Collection 'Evening'
3.  The finished headpiece

All of my designs from the ‘Prufrock’ Collection S/S 14 (below) can be adapted to compliment any outfit.

Iona Montgomery Millinery - Prufrock Collection
Prufrock Collection S/S14

If you are interested in having a bespoke hat made or discussing a commission, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact me on:

07796 444 315    or alternatively email iona@ionamontgomery.co.uk