Anyone else TOTALLY love the hats that ladies wear to the derby? Maybe that’s why I love pairing bridal hairpieces and birdcage veils with wedding gowns. They’re modern and totally personal. A week ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Blair Nadeau behind Blair Nadeau Millinery, a Canadian hair piece designer. Woohoo for Canadian artists!
What made you get into millinery? I studied textile design in art school and fashion design at Ryerson and always had a love for millinery and accessories, however I never actually studied Millinery in school. The turning point for me was when I was in England on a business trip for my design job and was shopping in Selfridges on Oxford Street. I stumbled upon their Fascinator/Ascot Boutique and became absolutely enthralled with the unique fascinators and hats with all of their spirals and feathers and overall over the top drama. Literally as soon as I touched down back in Toronto I started designing and experimenting with feathers and eventually began designing hats.
I initially didn’t start as a Bridal designer, my main focus was fashion millinery, however I had so many brides contact me asking me if i would design a piece for their special day that I embarked this past summer on a bridal collection and it has just been flying since it launched this past september! I adore seeing that women are experimenting and trying different looks for their day be it feathers, birdcage veils, gorgeous large flowers or hats!
What is the average cost of your products? my price points really vary. I have small hair clips called Rosebuds that are small zipper roses in every colour of the rainbow that are accented with crystals, pearls, feathers and veiling. They start at $20.00 and are fabulous for bridesmaids! I have small feather pieces called Romance and Whimsical that start at $35.00, these are also great for bridesmaids! My larger bridal pieces – Whimsical and Romance which have been incredibly popular this year (see attached pictures) start at $75.00 and go to $100.00 and lastly my veils and cocktail hats start at $150.00 and can range all the way to $300.00
Do you take custom orders? every order is a custom order! That is what Blair Nadeau Millinery specializes in. Every bride has the opportunity to design EXACTLY what they are looking for, for their wedding day. The sky is pretty much the limit! I love to be able to sit down with a bride and her bridesmaids at our studio and discuss what she’s looking for what her inspiration is! when she comes to pick up the piece, to see the look on her face when she tries it on for the first time is so rewarding as she designed this piece and gets to wear it with pride on her wedding day!
And for kicks, do you think Kate Middleton will be wearing a hair or hat piece on her wedding day? I definitely think that kate will wear something on her wedding day! she is british after all! I’m really hoping she will pick a Blair Nadeau Millinery piece but who knows – one can only hope!
Thanks Blair! Check out Blair Nadeau Millinery for more of her creations.