Catch up on my contribution to the September issue of Mayo Now magazine. As always I love to promote Irish design. Here’s how the publication looked:Introducing one of Mayo’s finest: up and coming milliner Emma Higgins. Using a technique that is rarely practised in the millinery industry, Emma Higgins Designs are laser-cut, fresh and unique.
It was when Emma’s mother helped her design her very first headpiece for a wedding that she knew it wouldn’t be the only headpiece she would create. Although this young creative has always had a keen eye for fashion, it was only in the past number of years that her interest in millinery grew.
Speaking about what inspires her, Emma shares: ‘I get my ideas from simple things in everyday life that some people would walk past and think nothing of. Trees are one of my main inspirations – they’re so organic that they have no fixed shape and have so much detail.’
What Emma loves about headpieces is that there are no boundaries. She likes to see her work modelled by a woman rather than sitting in a museum. She appreciates that her head pieces tell a story, they don’t just fit in with the norm.
Her new Autumn/Winter Collection (launching this month) will show more of her own unique style, which is inspired by trees. She has two lines in the collection, which she describes: ‘My first line: a silk base encrusted in pearls is for the woman who is looking for that elegant touch, while my second line is for the woman who is looking for a unique statement piece.’When asked to choose her favourite headpiece she claims: ‘My favourite headpiece is always going to be the next one I create. They only get bigger and better.’ She is particularly fond of her statement headpiece entitled ‘The Tree Of Life’. It is enriched with pearls. Another piece that she loves is her bow inspired headpiece.
The future is bright for Emma Higgins Design with a graduation in Fashion Design on the horizon as well as travelling the fashion capitals to showcase her designs. According to Emma each fashion capital city has something unique to offer, which she believes will allow her designs to blossom even more.Emma’s headpieces can be found on her Facebook page Emma Higgins Design and will be stocked in hand-picked boutiques in Connacht very soon. Sharing some exciting news Emma gushes: “I am currently creating a headpiece for a well-known Irish woman that I am dying for people to see.’
Emma creates bespoke headpieces, which range from Mother of the Bride to statement Ladies’ Day hats for the races.
Contact: 083 198 3016
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