While hatter and milliner make men’s hats, Modist and Modistin deal with the production and fashionable treatment of women’s hats, hats, hair and much more. Both craft professions follow a three-year training, parallel to the vocational school in the studios of less traditional hat companies or rarely at opera houses and theaters can be completed. Dexterity, graphic skill and materials science are the basic requirements, but wealth of ideas and an in-depth customer service also play an essential role in becoming a good hatter or modist.
Historically, the entry of a hatmakers guild in Nuremberg is already documented for the year 1363, which goes hand in hand with the development of the craft of modism. Special attention was paid to the profession in the 18th century, when fashion was exceedingly pompous and embellished. At that time, not only did modists create hat creations, but they also decorated the clothes of wealthy ladies in sumptuous individual pieces. Rose Bertin, who, according to Marie Antoinette, became the court purveyor to Napoleon’s wife Joséphine, gained outstanding fame at this time. Renowned traditional companies, such as Borsalino from Italy or Seeberger and Mayser from Germany, also follow the craftsmanship of their founding period.
Many hats are still made in traditional handcraft today. In particular, models made of high-quality and sensitive materials, such as hair felts or silk, require careful handling, which can not guarantee industrial mass production. Even if the hats are later quite hard-wearing, the processing process in the companies is sometimes very complicated and tedious, which finally justifies the high price. For some melons and cylinders, such as the Chapeau Claque , there are sometimes long waiting times of at least two months for customers because they are only made on request. At least once you have seen how much work is in a single hat , you will certainly keep your honor.
A modist and milliner not only designs, he also repairs. Just as you bring your clothes to the tailor and your shoes to the cobbler, your broken hats are best kept by a milliner or a fashionist. He knows the materials and has the appropriate tool to correct small blemishes. A very demanding and at the same time creative profession – service provider and designer for headgear in one.
In terms of expert advice, it is advisable in this branch of the fashion industry, even for a non-manufacturing company, to employ a modiste, as is the case in our own house. Our skilled fashionist can explain you the best ways to use textiles, give you tips on how to care for your headgear, and find out the latest hat trends for you. For haircuts and unusual hat creations are not only in Ascot a sensational eye-catcher, which is able to perfect every wardrobe. Weddings and other celebrations are nice occasions to wear exclusive headwear that also enhances everyday wear.