I first met Kim of Topsy Turvy Design last year when I ordered several exquisite human-sized hats from her Etsy shop. I was so impressed by the gorgeousness and craftsmanship of the pieces that I was thrilled beyond words when I learned through our mutual friend Neale that she was planning on venturing into ABJD millinery. Visions of dolly hats in fantastical shapes and forms waltzed in my skull: tricornes, bicornes, stovepipes, porkpies, bonnets, cloches, and Gainsboroughs. Ah, the incredible possibilites when molded in Kim's skilled hands!
I immediately contacted her and we discussed a commission for a dolly top hat, something I had attempted in the past and at which I failed miserably. I trust Kim's taste utterly and completely, and within a short time I was holding in my hands the most wonderful little top hat I could ever have hoped to receive - black velvet and satin-lined, complimented by an exquisite bouqet of feathers and a vintage buckle. Perfection.
Kim's vision, imagined beautifully through 666 Photography's jaw-dropping photos, never ceases to amaze and impress. Kim sells her dolly hats on her doll Etsy page so be sure to keep an eye open for her latest offerings. I can also vouch for her delectable human-sized hats and hair clips, all extremely well made and sure to make one feel like the belle of the ball when sitting atop one's head.
In an age when the typical hat is the baseball cap, when ladies no longer keep rows of hatboxes in their wardrobe and gentlemen no longer tip their brims as a passing greeting, I find it incredibly refreshing that millinery of Topsy Turvy's calibre is still to be found. Perhaps between us all (and our bjds) we can herald into the 21st century a new dawn in beautiful head gear.
So what are you waiting for? Get hatting!