Gemma Sangwine

Unique and bespoke millinery and hair accessories

Shine like Diamonds

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A few weeks ago I got an email from my stockist in Stow-on-the-Wold which opened with ‘I am doing a vintage ‘Great Gatsby’ shoot  and a  ‘Marie Antoinette shoot and I want to get some hair items that are made out of vintage necklaces so they go over the forehead and are pinned in to the hair (I hope im making sense) is this something you think you could make?’

My heart beat a little faster. I had just finished a commission for a 1920’s style bridal hair piece, and my head was buzzing from the stunning costumes and visuals in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, this was going to be fun!

Two weeks later, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and I am driving through the gorgeous Cotswold countryside to deliver an ordinary looking shoe box filled with a secret treasury of vintage pearl and diamante necklaces, feathers and marcasite brooches, all re-worked and transformed into flapper style hair pieces for the photoshoot.

ALAIS haedband group shot

I am so excited to see the first images from the shoot, they feature clothes, accessories and jewellery all available from As Long as it Sparkes, and I will be tweaking the sample pieces I made to produce a range of hair bands which will also be available in the shop.

But mostly it is great to get styled images, with beautiful hair and make-up, to show off my work at it’s best!

Photo Katie Hamilton Photography

Hair Charlotte Donaldson Hair

Make up Penny Wadley

Author: Gemma Sangwine

I am designer & milliner based in the Cotswolds, UK. My work focuses on making quirky and wearable head wear and accessories from vintage, natural and recycled materials.

One thought on “Shine like Diamonds

  1. Wow!! Congratulations. It looks fabulous. I’m so excited for you.

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