Philomena Kwok: Milliner of the future

I chanced upon Philomena Kwok‘s work today and was drawn by some of the pieces.

Originally a jewellery designer, Philomena started out designing with metal, wood, resin and semi precious stones but began working on headpieces upon requests from her bespoke clients. What I like most are her collaboration pieces that truly pushes the envelope.

Here are some of the pieces from the collaborations over the years:

Collaboration with Flowers for a Vagabond and Tara Sutton

Looking forward to more collaborations by her.

X Alex


(Images from the emerging designer and Philomena Kwok)

Maiko Takeda: The Poetic Milliner

Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces.

Tokyo born Maiko Takeda studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her portfolio is extensive, having worked with Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon. Juxtaposing environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, her pieces are statically beautiful with a quiet voice that seems to narrate a story.

Here are some of her project pieces that are so poetic.

Formless (2012)

By Royal appointment (2012)

Some pieces from her past collection Cinematography:

But my favorites are her latest headpieces from her Collection- Atmospheric Reentry:

Somehow it reminded me of a mutated caterpillar with spikes. So eye-catchingly gorgeous.

It seems that Takeda has moved to a state of brighter colour palettes and a more extreme silhouette that perhaps indicate that her voice is getting louder, asking to be seen. Something she will definitely be if she keeps up her great work.

To see more, check out her site here.

Have a great week ahead & a Merry blessed Christmas.


X Alex
(All images from Maiko Takeda)

Emma Yeo: Milliner

I was strolling along the digi-sphere when I came across Emma Yeo‘s works. Emma Yeo’s works are definitely eye catching. Emma graduated in Multi Media textiles from Loughborough University and MA in Design Jewellery from Central Saint Martins, London. Her works include fashion accessories, headwear and bespoke interior installations. The ones I like the most are the headpieces and here’s a look at some of them.

AW 11 Predator and Prey

SS12 Southern Flyway Lime Green flocked headpiece

Aw12 Solitary Motion ‘Bird Migration’

Walnut wood fan headpiece, black pheasant feathers

SS13 Lucida Lilum Floral Symbosis

Aw13 Innate Reaction ‘Moth’

Love the lines and the choice of materials.


X Alex

(Images from Emma Yeo)

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