I had the most wonderful photoshoot with Morgana Creely from Noir Vintage Millinery.
Not only is Morgana a milliner but she also happens to be a professional photographer. Not just any milliner I might add, she restores vintage hats and makes vintage styled hats. Something along the lines of what I do with divine vintage dresses.
I’ve been eyeing off Morgana’s creations for quite some time now and thought how wonderful it would be if we teamed my dresses with her hats. After contacting her, she also happened to think it was a great idea and you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn she is a professional photographer.
My beautiful model Bec Threlfall was invited to be in on our collaboration and on a beautiful sunny day in Longwood we conspired to create beautiful vintage inspired photos. I’m sure you’ll agree that every photo of Bec is jaw dropping. Morgana is a damned awesome photographer, worthy of Vogue magazine.
We had five outfit changes on the day.
All of the hats were created by Noir Vintage Millinery.
Four of the dresses are authentic vintage and one of them is a vintage inspired creation from Divine Vintage Dresses.
Meeting Morgana – Noir Vintage Millinery
How long were you a photographer for?
Ten years; I still shoot, but these days it’s mostly personal projects and hats.
What made you decide to go into millinery?
I have always loved vintage hats and enrolled in a workshop because I thought it would be fun. That was it, I was hooked.
Why vintage millinery?
For me millinery has always been about vintage – the beautiful hats worn every day, not just for events or special occasions. I think the right hat can really make an outfit and I love the style and quality of vintage hats.
Where did you get the idea from for the name Noir Vintage Millinery?
I’m a big fan of Classic Noir films, which has definitely influenced both my style of photography and the millinery I create. I wanted a name that would describe what I do and it was a perfect fit.
How long have you been making hats?
Roughly five years. It’s become a very big part of my life and I love it. (I also have a very understanding and supportive husband).
What inspires your creations?
A lot of my prototypes are inspired by millinery form the 1940s and 50s. Sometimes it’s the shape, or the materials or trim – I’m a huge fan of feathers so sometimes the hat is created with that in mind.
What’s the best way for people to contact you wanting to purchase one of your hats?
Do you have stock or is it mainly made to order?
Most of my millinery is ready to wear, with only a very small number of commissions accepted.
Do you sell vintage hats as well?
Although I love to personally collect vintage hats, I generally only sell my own millinery.
How many hours did it take to make the Christian (blue hat)?
Good question! It’s hard to pin it down exactly as it was created over time in between other hats, but I estimate it took approximately 40 hours.
Do you have a favourite era or design?
I love the beautiful and sometimes intricate designs of the 1940s and early 1950s. I’m definitely a big fan of the Dior New Look.
What do you want to be known for?
As corny as it sounds, for being a good person.
Let’s talk about those hats!
What can you tell us about each of the hats used in the shoot?
I do love working with feathers and whilst it can be very time consuming, it’s also very rewarding and definitely for me, lots of fun.
“The Millie” was blocked on a 1950s vintage block, and covered with burgundy feathers and trimmed with a vintage velvet flower. Inside it is lined with white lace.
“The Caity” was created on the same block in blue sinamay, with dark roses added on one side.
“The Christian” was blocked in cobalt sinamy on a large vintage block and covered in approximately 1100 feathers, each sized and added by hand individually. This hat was inspired by Christian Dior’s New Look.
“Red Hill”, created using the same vintage block as “The Christian”, is a black fishnet hat, with white baby ostrich feathers covering the brim. Its very light weight and lots of fun to wear.
“The Longwood” is a black wide brimmed hat inspired by the styles of the late 1940s. It is covered with approximately 800 black feathers, with a small handful of peacock feathers for a splash of colour.
Now let’s talk about the dresses!
1930s golden autumnal floral silk crepe full length day dress
Side and back metal zipper
1930s acetate lining with embroidered pink floral sheer silk tissue full length halter neck day dress
Ruched bust, back metal zipper
Vintage inspired couture 1950s creation by Divine Vintage Dresses
One of a kind, this dress is heavy. It has three layers of fabric in the skirt and four layers in the bodice. Red duchesse satin overlaid with blue floral corded lace. Burgundy acetate lining. Scalloped hem, hand stitched décolletage, hand made piping and rouleau straps. Boned bodice with underlining for additional support.
1950s Coat dress lavender grey woven damask cotton rayon blend
three quarter sleeve
pearlised plastic buttons
1950s rayon satin teal blue Lorrie Deb fit & flare evening dress
Gorgeous pearl beading to bodice, backless with black velvet trim to hemline
Teamed with vintage inspired fully lined black velvet bolero jacket made by Divine Vintage Dresses
Shot on location at Divine Vintage Dresses 11 Jean St Longwood VIC
Model: Bec Threlfall
Styling: Karen Mizzi – Divine Vintage Dresses
Photography: Morgana Creely – Noir Vintage Millinery
Hats: Noir Vintage Millinery
Dresses: Divine Vintage Dresses