"Cauliflower Headpiece"

Designer Deirdre Hawken British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

Couture milliner, Deirdre Hawken is known for surrealist designs incorporating lifelike representations of food, including ice cream, bean salads, and berry-topped pavlovas, rendered in silk satin, chiffon, and beads. This headpiece is a miniature head of cauliflower, with green ruffled outer leaves, crisp stalks, and hand-sewn pearl florets. Under six inches in diameter, the vegetable sits at an angle on the side of the head, secured by a hidden elastic strap. In subject and scale, this headpiece exemplifies Hawken’s fusion of playfulness and craftsmanship.

"Cauliflower Headpiece", Deirdre Hawken (British, born Reading, 1945), silk, cotton, synthetic, metal, British

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