Gentlemen’s Hat :: The 100 Project ::

Fashion Illustration by Heather Michele

Make a statement…wear a hat! While you’re at it, why not borrow it from the guys?

Some styles to choose from are the Fedora, Trilby, and Panama.

Although there are many nice manufactured hats (see list below), I prefer purchasing a hat directly from a milliner.

The lovely hat I have illustrated is by milliner Laura Del Villaggio. Ms. Del Villaggio runs her millinery atelier, Milli Star out of Austin, Texas. You can purchase the hat I illustrated or many other wonderful creations here.

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A-Line Dress :: The 100 Project ::

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It was hard to decide where to begin with The 100 Project, but I found this A-Line dress by Dolce & Gabanna and knew I had to illustrate it! (It also happens to be No. 1 in my guide book for this project.)

This particular drop, dead red A-Line has a cute gold embroidered bow, flap pockets, and what I really, really love…cheetah print lining! For me it’s all in the details!

In general, A-Line dresses are narrower at the top and flare out gently toward the bottom forming and “A” shape. It is a style that can be worn by any body type and will be super flattering. A must for every woman’s closet!

You won’t need much to pull off an A-Line dress. A few bold pieces of jewelry and some super cute shoes or boots and off you go!

For an authentic look get inspiration from the 1960s. Think Twiggy and Jackie Kennedy.

:: A Little History ::

The A-Line dress debuted in Christian Dior‘s 1955 collection and was a break away style from his 1947 “New Look”.  While it debuted in 1955, the style wouldn’t catch on until the 1960s.

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