L is for Line

Line is the intangible and abstract element upon which successful millinery depends. When line is absent or misdirected, it is as obvious to the trained eye as the lack of a feather or flower is apparent to the eye of the novice. So important to millinery, line is the quality that can transform the roughly executed into a desirable object in the same way that its deficit can render the most exquisite materials mundane.

In traditional workroom training, line was one of the major preoccupations of the experienced milliners as they went about their work reproducing the sample models for customers’ orders. Maintaining the integrity of a style’s line is not necessarily something that can be taught and is certainly not guaranteed as a rite of passage for the long time student. It is a mercurial element of design that is easily misplaced by inexperienced or insensitive hands.

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