NVU with Noel Stewart-Millinery

Dear Shaded Viewers,

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I met Noel Stewart in Sao Paulo last month.

DP: How did you get started?

NS:I was always constructing things and making stuff as a child and following school I did a degree in decorative arts. One of the projects was to make lampshades out of wire and tissue paper and this lead on to making a hat for someone, which went to a wedding, got noticed, and I made some more, had an exhibition, did a performance based installation, so when I graduated I thought I would need to get some proper experience. I had a friend who introduced me to the work of Dai Reece and Philip Treacy which completely blew me away, so I got a bit of training . I’d barely picked up a needle at this point, I was happier with a soldering iron!). I got a work placement with Dai, and then a job, and worked with them on their first catwalk show, they focused on clothes so I went to Stephen Jones. I had always wanted to do my own work and while I was at Stephen’s I applied to the RCA and got in.


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Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.