Hats off to Heyman
Milliner Ane´l Heyman is slowly readjusting to winter.
The Palmerston North hatmaker has just returned from the northern hemisphere summer, spending a week with nine other women at an exclusive hatmaking workshop in the south of France, and visiting the high capital of world hatdom, London.
‘‘It was fantastic. Perfect,’’ Heyman said of her experience at Chateau Dumas. ‘‘It was fun and relaxing and creative all at the same time.
‘‘We had five-star treatment, a private chef; the mansion was amazing, and the weather was perfect.’’
It was her penchant for perfection that earned her the trip - an attention to detail that epitomises her approach to life.
‘‘I’m very much a perfectionist. I love things when they’re perfect.’’
Heyman’s place at the workshop with leading UK milliner Bridget Bailey was a prize for winning a competition conducted late last year by ezine HATalk.
‘‘Lantern’’, her eye-catching piece of handcrafted and wearable sculpture, was inspired by the chinese lantern plant, better known here as a cape gooseberry.
‘‘It’s not a fascinator, and not a hat - it’s a headpiece,’’ Heyman said of the lightweight accessory. ‘‘It’s made to be as feather-like as possible, so you forget about it being on your head.’’
90 milliners from around the world entered the competition. Heyman was the only one from New Zealand.
Moving here from South Africa five years ago and with a background in graphic design, Heyman fell in love with hatmaking while still in her home country.
It’s only recently that she has she taken the step of opening Mooinooi, a millinery and accessories boutique in George St where she markets her hand- crafted headwear and takes orders for bespoke creations.
Mooinooi is Afrikaans for ‘‘beautiful girl’’, and already Heyman is busy with orders for the racing season, the Melbourne Cup, and for weddings.
‘‘People are coming to realise that there is a place for hats. Mil- linery is slowly making a comeback.’’
Heyman may be right on trend with hats, but trends are something she has never followed.
‘‘I don’t follow the rules - about what sort of hat suits what shaped face; it’s all about what suits the customer,’’ she said.
Ane´l Heyman with ‘‘Lantern’’, the headwear that won first prize in an international competition.