My favorite milliner is the talented and whimsical Ms. DeAnna Gibbons, a San Francisco local who has worked in wholesale, retail, and bridal millinery since 1990. Her own business specializes in custom headwear for both men and women. In addition, she has worked as a milliner for the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and American Musical Theater of San Jose. BA, San Francisco State University; studied, SACI, Florence, Italy.
Her theatrical confections span the gamut of style history: from Film Noir (below), to fantastic whimsy (pale blue sailboat hat, paired with Vivienne Westwood at the De Young), to darling sunhats for days on the water in the summer, and ending with daring cocktail hats for an evening in Paris, or at the Academy Awards (paired with the uber-talented Erin Mahoney, dress designer, San Francisco.)
The cocktail fedoras with Erin Mahoney's gorgeous and sleek evening wear literally took my breath away. There was the combination of relaxed elegance, and a sassy nod to hiphop glamour, with hand-moulded drapings accented in feathers and leather.
Best of the Bay, 2006's What We Love....:
From 1930s-style cloche hats to chic holiday creations, DeAnna Gibbons teaches the basics of fit and form in her popular millinery classes. Her studio, Brimming Over, has kept San Franciscan heads fashionably covered for 16 years, and Gibbons has outfitted both the San Francisco Ballet and Opera. But don’t let her credentials intimidate you. The three-session workshop will guide you through the fundamentals of hat making, and you’ll emerge with a chapeau of your own design.
Photoshoot at Alfred Hitchcock's sprawling 200 acre estate in the Santa Cruz mountains. Pics by Dina Scoppettone. Black asymmetrical brim hat with brown leather by Deanna Gibbons for Brimming Over (www.brimmingover.com). Corpse's black fedora with pink feathers by DeAnna Gibbons for Brimming Over (www.brimmingover.com).
Highlights from SF Fashion Week 2006 and Preview of the 2007 Collection, Dresses by Erin Mahoney, hats by DeAnna Gibbons for Brimming Over.