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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.

Lovely hat, best mannequin head.

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: 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.

 

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.