What better way to pay tribute to the start of New York Fashion Week than donning a hat that recreates one of the iconic signatures of NYC’s skyline, the Chrysler Building.
Paper-cutting, British artist Boo Paterson designed the vintage-influenced headwear as part of a collection based on New York buildings. These pieces are wearable works of art, Paterson says—with subtle architectural cues cut into the designs, such as the Chrysler’s iconic triangular window pattern.
“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 gain international notoriety during the London Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee with her teacup fascinators and high-glitter Union Jacks, a huge hit with the media.
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.”
Each hat is bespoke, only 15 of each building “will ever be made by hand.”