Thursday, 7 February 2013

Manuela's hats

Finding someone who has a gift is always interesting. That is Manuela Romero, hat maker, whose creations are brilliant and original. Art is in her genes, daughter of a painter and a sculptor, she went to Art School and has been working in fashion for the last 15 years.

Her hats and head-dresses have been featured in films, musicals, theatre plays and ballets. Lately, her work has appeared in the film Blancanieves (Pablo Berger), in which she has worked alongside Paco Delgado, and which has won, among several others, the Gaudi Award to Best Costumes.

Her shop in calle Gabriel Lobo, 18, Madrid, has a retro-vintage touch that I love. It is like transporting yourself to the workshop of a seamstress from the 30s or 40s. You will always find that special accessory that you are looking to wear at a wedding or special event, or just because you like "chic". From hats to head-dresses, bags, brooches, at Manuela's shop you will find any accessory you can imagine.

As well as her own designs, Manuela also sells accessories that she finds in fairs and markets, and that she restores herself. They are properly vintage objects chosen with very good taste and care.

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