Noel Stewart reflects on his label’s ten year anniversary and the millinery industry’s evolution. Interview by Carla Seipp

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Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,

Ten years ago, Noel Stewart launched his millinery label. Since then, the Royal College of Art graduate has collaborated with the likes of Erdem, Hussein Chalayan and Oscar de la Renta, proving his skill for a wide range of designs from the understated to the avant-garde.

Incorporating holographic materials and PVC, he has displayed his creative talent in dreaming up headwear creations for women, but for two seasons now has shown that he can work the same millinery magic when it comes to male designs. His latest A/W 13 collection was a leather, sports mesh and tweed-packaged affair of reinventing classic shapes such as the trilby and trapper hat.

Stewart sat down at his Dalston studio to discuss a decade of designing, sculpture projects and the powerful volume of headwear. 

 

What aspects of the transition from women