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