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Chicago Millinery History: Cats Pajamas Vintage Clothing, Jewelry and Textile Show and Sale March 1, 2013

This event brings lots of hats to the general Chicago area, in Elgin, IL each February. As exciting as that is, the good news is that they return to Elgin in Sept.

Waiting in line on Friday behind a velvet rope the conversations around us were a fun way to get to hear how devoted folks were to vintage, and hats in particular. Several spoke of their spreadsheets documenting their collection of hundreds. On Fri the admission fee is lowered for those attending in vintage attire. That is like watching a vintage show in motion as these guys and gals explore the newest old goodies to be had.

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The best display of hats, and stocking the best selection of antique hats must go to the booth just inside the door. I believe my hat buddy, Iris, who loves this shopping extravaganza as much as I do, bought three from this booth.

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Here are photos from many booths of glorious hats.

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Wish I could remember which booth this was, so nicely arranged.

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Iris bought a Saks hat with an Iris from a grand fellow, Joe from New Orleans, with the booth Eojnola. Joe is also a milliner, and someone it would be fun to know. The bird hat above was just one of dozens we left behind.

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I loved this hat, but so did a gal I saw the next morning wearing it. What fun when you can put your purchase right on your head.

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Carries, Fabulous to Funky, from Campaign, IL had feather fans, which caught my eye initially, but sadly she had not brought along her stock of feathers, tho there were plenty of wonderful feather hats.

Across from Carrie’s was the one place I bought a hat the next day. I always ask for Chicago hats, especially Bes Ben or Raymond Hudd, although there were no Hudd hats anywhere we could find this year,
The seller was Karen Renfrow of D. Brett Benson, Inc of Chicago, exhibiting routinely at Broadway Antique Market booth 763 at 6130 N. Broadway in Chicago. There was a Bes Ben, which was so distracting I forgot to take photos of her booth! A little green leaf hat with tiny fruit and berries. Hard call, but I waited till she brought in another on Sat AM, a red moonstone. That red hat just added the needed pop of color to my display for my presentation on Chicago Hats at noon. IF you check with Karen she may still have that green leaf BesBen yet.

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Downstairs were so many more treasured sellers of hats, and much better lighting:

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Iris is just torn between this black felt Bes Ben with pearl bead edging from Jenstyle chic vintage ( jennifer@jenstyle.com) This treasure was still there when we left on Sat, so maybe it is still available. It was so hard to leave it behind.

But then I fell in love at the next booth, Musser’s Atomic Antiques from Rockford. Here I am taking a photo of the display wearing my biggest hat, if you can find me below, in the mirror:

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Not sure now just where these were from!

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Happy shopper, Iris as she entertains the idea of a hat from Woodland Farms of TX.

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Just above is the tip of the iceberg of beauty in hats from Woodland Farms Vintage of Dallas Tx. This group takes up two booths for the most exquisite collection of fashion. Here are SOME of their treasures:

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There are great photos, but perhaps bigger is better:

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Susie’s from Schaumberg, IL had hat boxes of flowers, and they were a great temptation.

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Swell Stuff from Evanston had hats, and trims.

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Fun was had with the presentation on Chicago Hats. What a great opportunity to meet some fine folks, and share some tidbits about Gage, Fisk, Edson Keith, Hats by Sue, Mildred Reed, Shelia, the Perfect Hat, Luci Puci and Lemington, Bes Ben, Raymond Hudd and more.

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Coming to Elgin Sept 27 and 28? Hope to see you there. I may even wear my BIG gold felt hat with feathers. Will you be wearing a hat? Hope so!

 

Chicago Service Club Luncheon Raymond Hudd May 12, 2012

Once again, Sherry Lea Holson, the chairman of the event, has brought millinery back on the mind and on the heads of Chicago’s most fashionable women, at the annual Mad Hatters Luncheon on May 10, 212 in Chicago, Illinois.Sherry Lea Holson with milliner, Jenny Pfanensteil of Forme` Millinery

This photo shows Sherry with  Jenny Pfanensteil of Forme` Millinery, the speaker on the life and work of Raymond Hudd. The lunch was over, some guests have departed, and both are still smiling. In other photos you may see Sherry at the podium making announcements of winners in contest categories, wearing a black velvet Raymond Hudd hat with fluttering feathers, but here she models an original design by Jenny.

The sign that graced the last store of Raymond Hudd at 2545 N. Clark St, in Chicago, at the entry to the exhibit of his hats held before the luncheon.

An “Egg” hat designed by Raymond is displayed on a hat box that shows his logo of a wide brim hat. This hat was lent by Eia, a well regarded Chicago milliner and friend of Raymond’s. Eia created the Raymond Hudd Millinery Award in his honor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This hat is destined to the School’s fashion collection, where aspiring milliners can hatch their own hat designs.

Top photo of three bright straws, in yellow with iris, orange with flowers, and red with poppies are from the collection of Iris Sholder, a friend of Raymond’s, hat collector and wearer. Atop that group is an alligator hat, headed for a future fundraiser for the Raymond Hudd Award. Bottom photo of alligator hat from above.

Three teddy bear hats were on display, the top left catching the edge of the green brim hat, the center black satin, and right corner black edged with bears hat.

In the center is a black hat covered in feathers, and sprouting a fountain of feathers in the center, destined to the School of the Art Institute. On the left is a light straw with wide brim, gold lame trim and unique ribbon work.  Lower center is the teal and black feather with the oldest label of Raymond’s, part of the collection of Mary Robak, blogger, milliner wannabe, Chicago millinery historian.

Cheryl Bollinger is wearing a hat that makes a tall feather statement. A perfect match to her top, it was designed again by her favorite florist in Paw Paw, MI,  Sherri Taylor owner of Taylor’s Florist. Last year that florist created Cheryl’s award winning hat to match her dress. This is only the florist’s second hat. Now that is talent and Cheryl has found a fine milliner, even if she herself has not come to that conclusion.

The moment you look at this Anthropology top, you know the hat was meant for it. This creative attendee, Tammy Beeler, made the hat herself, I believe her first. It was memorable enough that the judges selected it a winner this year.

Hazel Barr in her award winning Raymond Hudd hat, from her extensive personal collection.

At the end of the exhibit there was another room for dining, with a lighthearted elegant feel to the room.

The flowers were arranged to appear to be a handbag, an essential accessory to the HAT! The flowers were done by Lord and Mar of Lake Forest.

Table favors of notepad and pen atop a sovenier booklet created just for this luncheon. It features a black and white image of the painting created for the luncheon by  Inside are pages of photos of hats from an issue of Pulp, Winter 1988, story by Janet Moredock, with portrait by Francisco Caseres, and fashion photos by J. B. Spector with some of the most unique Raymond Hudd hats. The Headliner Series. There was one new article each year that Raymond selected as inspiration which was revealed in his shop window on New Years Day. Some reflected the Rebellion in the Philippines, with a flower encrusted shoe on top of the hat (rather reminiscent of a  Schiaparelli shoe hat), Spam Turns 50, and the Tylenol Maker Scraps Capsules, which are in the Chicago History Museums costume collection.

Moments before the drawing of a gift card from Ralph Lauren, this couple, Karen and Jeff Morris, from Minneapolis were enjoying the event. She is a milliner and is wearing her own creation.  She was most excited when she won the gift card, as she shall now be returning to Chicago to use it.

Sherry Lea Holson is standing at the podium flanked by Bill Zwecker, who with Robin Robinson, and Elizabeth Hamel were judges of several hat categories.

Seated at the table with a friend, is one of the award winners in a long black veil topped top hat. Her prize was the coveted hat donated by the speaker, Jenny of Forme` Millinery. Below are photos of that hat before the event began. It looked stunning on, and is certain to be admired by many.

This attendee is delighted as she approaches the podium to accept her new hat as the winner in the best ensemble category.

Lots of fun, food and fashion. Raymond Hudd would have been so pleased.

 

Chicago Millinery History: The Raymond Hudd Awards for School of the Art Insitute of Chicago May 5, 2012

The awards to the millinery students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The Wenzeler Gallery was a most unique location, but perfect as the gears this company manufactures were the inspirations for the hats.

A large group of students, family, faculty and university staff, as well as interested hat lovers attended the opening reception for the dozens of items on display through June, 2012.

The photo just above shows the line of demarcation for the gallery from the plant. Two worlds that seem dissimilar, yet when one is standing among the high tech and the high fashion it is a good combination. Mr. Wenzeler is the moving force for this gallery in his company headquarters and plant. The gears are created with incredible precision as well as creativity, and are found in many of the cars we drive. His appreciation for the arts brought him to offer this venue and unique inspirational experience for the students. It is no small matter that his life is graced by a wife with excellent fashion sense, and a delightful hostess as well.

The hats that follow are only shown from one view, but each is a three dimensional creation to allow your eye a chance to recognize their relationship to the gears that serve as the jumping off point in the design process.

It was hard to determine which hat would win the several awards presented, which included the Raymond Hudd, the Dean’s award, who choses one for her own collection, and a mystery person’s donation for awards, and the generous scholarship awards of the gracious host, Mr. Wenzeler.

Some attendees are seen enjoying the festive atmosphere, and also the official photographer whose use of a ladder was essential to get the best angles. Tho he offered this amatuer the use of the ladder, it is best those shots are left to the professionals.

Click here if you want to know the News coverage by the Sun-Times   There is also a photo gallery to click on within the article, and another here: http://pioneerlocal.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1464922&CategoryID=2144&ListSubAlbums=0

 

What hat did this attendee wear? A Raymond Hudd, of course. A small gold lame with black feathers. It was great fun to show it to two of the students who graciously allowed their photos to be taken. Perhaps a few decades from now someone else will wear a vintage hat they created to another award ceremony with an award granted in their name. It is entirely possible, as Raymond himself started his art education in 1948 in this very school, before he opened his first shop in 1950.

Photos of the winners, you ask? No. The camera froze, which tho frustrating in the moment, allowed total attention to the event as the awards were presented. All were winners that evening, and will be on the forefront of design for decades to come.

 

Raymond Hudd Millinery Award Silent Auction April 20, 2012 April 21, 2012

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Each year students in the Advanced Millinery Class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are eligible to win the coveted Raymond Hudd Millinery Award. Contributions fund this award. It was our pleasure to raise some money for the 2012 awards.

Chicagoland ladies gathered for a Silent Auction of assorted Raymond Hudd and other donated hats. Grand fun was had trying on hats, enjoying light refreshments, submitting bids, and most of all, carrying home some treasured hats.

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Three groups of hats were set up, including some Raymond hats, one donated by Nancy Remick, three donated by Ivan Huddlestun, Raymond’s brother, two from Eia Radosavljevic, which Raymond had long ago designated for fundraising,  and many from the special collection gathered by Iris Sholder, and Mary Robak. Other hats were from the personal collections of Iris, Mary and Jean Unsworth,  whose wonderful 28th floor lake view penthouse community room served as our site.

What was so special about the special collection that Iris and I provided? Many folks realize Iris and I have collected Raymond hats when they become available on eBay. One day an interesting one came up for auction. When I wrote to the seller, a non-profit resale shop in Broadview, IL to ask about some details, I was delighted to learn there were more to be had. Long story short, 61 Raymond Hudd hats from one of the shops generous benefactors came home with us. A small number of the straws were included in this auction, with the felts to be featured at another similar event at a later time.

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Jean Unsworth, wearing one of her many, many treasured Ray hats, also graced us with a selection of her personal collection of clothing designs, just for the fun of trying on by some attendees.

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Nancy Remick, a longtime Raymond friend, wore her Raymond Cow hat.

Iris wore the second iris hat in her collection made by Raymond. Her first Raymond made specifically for her with the flowers purchased for a white straw, but then he used leftover flowers on several other straws that season. Finding another was the highlight for Iris when the “special collection” was discovered earlier this year.

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Susan Chandler modeled the Alligator hat, which in the end, went home with her. Susan came wearing a darling red and black sequin cocktail hat for the evening.

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Lots of happy ladies, and on Wed. May 2, there will be some happy students when they win the awards at the next fun hat event.

 

Chicago Millinery History: Raymond Hudd Lives On March 18, 2012

The annual Service Club of Chicago spring luncheon is coming up May 10, 2012, featuring the millinery of Raymond Hudd. Last year Bes Ben was featured, and this year we have moved on in time to the era of 1950 forward.

There will be Raymond hats on display from a couple of Chicago collectors, but one wonders if there are more of the whimsical ones hidden in a closet or two. There are over 100 in the collection of the Chicago  History Museum, and those were featured in an exhibit curated by Timothy Long, Hats Over the Edge, in 2001.

Since those closet stored hats are so elusive one wonders if there are photos of women wearing his hats to also be part  part of the exhibit. So here is the call for those pictures to come out of hiding, shoe box or album. And if you are feeling generous, perhaps even allow those pictures to be added to the ebook currently being written about Raymond, to record them for history.

These five are just a few from the collection of Iris Sholder for the luncheon exhibit. Check back as photos of other exhibit hats will be added later.

Looking forward to hearing about your Raymond hats.

 

Raymond Hudd Millinery Award for School of Art Institute of Chicago Silent Hat Auction April 20, 2012 March 17, 2012

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago annually awards outstanding millinery students with the Raymond Hudd Millinery Award. The funds for that award come from donations, and it is time again for another silent hat auction for this fund.

Oct, 2010 a small fundraising event was held with members of CHIC, Charming Hats in Chicago. This almost annual event will again provide all money donated for the awards this spring It has been expanded now to include other interested hat lovers.

Many people are aware of Raymond Hudds life devotion to millinery in Chicago. His friend, Eia Radosavljevic, on the faculty at the university created the award for students in the fashion program in millinery at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yes, that is the world renowned art museum in Chicago on Michigan Avenue with the lions out front.

The event will be held April 20, 2012 from 6pm until 9pm by invitation at Belmont and Sheridan Road in Chicago. An invitation is obtained by reply to this blog post for complete details. There is no charge to attend, and light refreshments will be served. There is a cost for parking, with a discount coupon for that, if it is mentioned you would need parking when replying in the post. The space is limited. Public transportation is just outside the door.

In 2010 a hat show was held at the nursing home Raymond was living at the time. Another was planned for the summer of 2011, but unfortunately Raymond passed on to his great reward. His brother Ivan had several hats that were destined for that show with the expectation they would then be used to fund the Award.  The earliest known Raymond hat with blue and black feathers is our showpiece, as it has his first label inside.

There are two other hats also from Ivan:

There will be other Raymond Hudd hats from the personal collection of Mary Robak and Iris Sholder. Only spring straws from the Raymond Hudd hats will be included.

There will be other Raymond Hudd hats added when the photos are complete. There will also be other non-Raymond Hudd hats included from the collections of Mary and Iris. Some of those photos also will appear here along with these:

The total number of hats for the auction has not yet been determined, but keep watching as some of the additional ones will be added.

Hope you can join us Friday April 20, 2012 in Chicago.

 

In Retrospect: Raymond Hudd December 19, 2011

Today would have been Raymond Hudd’s birthday, but sadly he passed away this summer.

His talent was phenomenal, and his generosity more so.

He is missed by many, but here is a collection of things and memories: My favorite Raymond inspired hat. The large straw is one we played with in spring 2011. The yellow straw  on the cover of the Chicago Daily News TV Guide made him proud. The small gold lame to the left of the straw with black feathers is a mate to a pair bought by his friend, Iris Sholder and I. The photos in the back are of many owned and worn by another client and friend, Jean. (click on photo to enlarge to see more). The small photo on the straw hat include one of a bird hat, which is a fond memory for his client and friend Nancy. The small photo of him dancing is with his friend Eia, who carried on his name when establishing the Raymond Hudd Award for students at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. The framed announcement was from the event Falling Head First Millinery: Chicago Millinery Past and Present.  Raymond was honored one day of the three day event, in great part thanks to Laurie Kennard. If you visit the Chapeau site scroll down to the bottom to see the QuickTime link to her video: In Everything I Saw A Hat. http://www.chapeau.us/eventsnew.htm

 

Chicago Millinery History: Raymond Hudd’s Chicago Farewell September 7, 2011


A final farewell to Raymond Hudd was held for the Chicago area on August 27, 2011. Hats and friends were present. Raymond’s ashes had been interred on August 21 in Michigan, but these folks gathered here to share great memories and admire the work and wisdom of the Milliner of the Millennium.

Thoughts and readings of Raymond’s were shared by Iris, Eia, and Mary, and many more.

Laurie Kennard and Marjory Marshall shared the video done by Laurie with Raymond, “In Everything I Saw A Hat.”

For those who stayed to the very end it was a pleasure to take a picture of them:

Janice Koerbor,  Nancy Remick, Jean Unsworth, Susan Chandler, Iris Sholder, and Eia Radosavljevic.

Thanks to everyone in making this the best possible time of a bittersweet gathering.

 

Chicago Millinery History: Raymond Hudd Memorial August 27, 2011 July 27, 2011

The Chicagoland memorial for Raymond Hudd will be held August 27, 2011 at 1:30pm at The King Home Huss Gallery at 1555 Oak, Evanston, IL.

If you wish more details please add a comment that the details can be shared with you. You are also encouraged to add memories here or to the online page:

http://www.tributes.com/show/Raymond-Huddlestun-91960364

If you are unable to attend but wish to share a Hudd hat to be on display, we will be delighted to include your hat and return it to you.  Please add a comment for more details. Any hats on display one wants to donate for the upcoming silent auction later in 2011, would be welcome. That auction will fund the  annual School of the Art Institute of Chicago Raymond Hudd Millinery Award. For more details of the award please review:

http://www.saic.edu/webspaces/portal/announcements/pdfs/rhudd_award_form.pdf

 

Chicago Millinery History:Raymond Hudd’s Last Millinery Consultation-The End of an Era July 20, 2011

It started out as a plain straw hat. Long ago it belonged to another milliner, Marina Killeroy, who left England after a well regarded career with a following including Princess Diana. A New York woman sold many of Marina’s old stock on eBay. It made the trip from Skokie, IL to Muskegon, MI the end of April, 2011. On May 1, 2011 it faced close inspection by Raymond Hudd. It met his approval, including a momentary try on.
Bringing millinery goodies for the fourth time in a year was just a part of another fun afternoon.

There were many millinery goodies to consider for this hat. The black ostrich plumes from another eBay seller in Warwick, RI faced close inspection. There were many lilac and purple items and fabrics, but it was the sinamay with a gold thread that caught his eye. That had been from a Wilmette, IL floral emporium, Chalet. Some manipulation created the rolled accent. A few pieces of odds and ends of jewelry had been purchased that morning in Grand Haven at an antique mall. The string of gold beads with pearls was added to the narrow velvet ribbon. Clearly this hat was destined to be adorned with these key elements. But this hat has a secret addition tucked under the outer FrouFrou. There is a single earring that was from a pair with some stones missing. Atop that is a tiny pair of gold scissors from the legendary bead supplier in Chicago, International Bead and Novelty. Raymond had been a customer for years, and it is only fit to add a little something to this hat from them. Raymond had actually made the wedding hat for Ron Klein’s fiancé for their wedding 30 some years ago.

The day before the BIG hat consultation, the millinery goodies we looked at included lots of lilac things, and rolls of pink and lilac netting. Raymond wished he had a roll in every color. At one point he probably did have every color. Using that netting on the edge of the hat seemed right. One might say it has an unfinished look. So be it. This hat is made in Chicago, tho it is not an Eia hat, or a Laurie Kennard hat, nor an Angela Morano hat, all of whose works warrant acclaim. It is just a small tribute to a great master from a milliner wannabe.

It is with much sadness to hear today from Ivan, Raymond’s brother, that Raymond has passed on. Many of us are honored to have known him, even if for only a year, and to have appreciated what he shared so graciously in this life.

 

 
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