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Chicago Millinery History: Raymond Hudd’s Paper Ephemera July 16, 2014

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A couple of years ago it was a thrilling day when Ivan, Raymond Hudd’s brother gifted a part of the collection of memorabilia papers, news clippings, binder of correspondence exchanged, and assorted photos. This week he returned with the bulk of the goodies. Before he left on another leg of his journey, I took photos of the things that returned with him.
Here is an assortment of the treasures that will return to California:
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Chicago Millinery History: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Millinery Awards 2014 May 8, 2014

011The annual awards for millinery were held May7, 2014 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A large array of pieces, with great range of style. The faculty wizard of many things, Eia, arranged an enlightening event. (Please click on each photo to see it in it’s entirety.)

Glad I was not in the judge seat for this event. Fortunately a former Raymond Hudd award winner, Angela Morano was on the panel.
The items on display were so abundant that two classrooms were used for display. Some works were from students who had only taken one class, and others have had more than that.

IF I had won the lottery before heading downtown, I would have wanted to take a few home. In no particular order they would be:
The Dupioni silk at the top of the page really caught my eye.

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If I could give an award myself for best display I loved the sense of imagination used to create a worldly travel by this milliner:
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If I could give an award for student with the awareness that presentation is even more than the hats on the table, it is this student who had 4 wonderful pieces, but is showing how to make this unique cream satin headdress wearable:
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Lovely hat, best mannequin head.

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And finally the table of hats by a milliner who had a large body of work, with temptations to my partner guest attendees, Lorraine and Iris:020

When you look at Iris, Lorraine and Angela, you can tell they are in their element:
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Raymond Hudd would have been proud of all the creations.

 

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.

 

 
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