The Headdress Workshop is a division of my primary business Mannequin Madness . It is a way to turn all the mannequin heads in my warehouse into a “canvas” for creating wearable art. But it started as a happy accident.
It began in 2018 after Rihanna and Beyonce were on Vogue magazine covers wearing fabulous floral headdresses. Suddenly flower crown headdresses were not just for weddings or Coachella but were THE fashion accessory to have - on and off the red carpet.
I thought a headdress making class would be a fun alternative to the popular Paint and Sip events happening in the area. People could still gather as group and do something creative for a few hours. But instead of art on the wall, they would have art that they could wear.
Plus I had acquired a ton of beautiful faux flowers from the Macy’s Flower show (I had recycled their mannequins and got the flowers as a bonus). This allowed us to offer materials for the headdresses to last for years, perishable real flowers. As a green business owner, this was important to me.
Since I am not a florist and have limited hand eye coordination, I recruited local artists to alternate teaching the classes. One of the artists, Hector V, makes all of our custom headdresses for people who don’t have the time or interest in making their own.
It has been so rewarding to watch people make beautiful headdresses, many of whom thought they had limited artistic talent.
Every headdress is beautiful, and just like snowflakes, no two are
alike even when made out of the same materials.
A headdress looks good on all bodies - regardless of gender, age,
race, size, shape or height. And wearing a headdress is like
wearing a smile on your head.