Sahar combines traditional millinery techniques with a modern vision, and her work is luxurious, sexy and quirky – what’s not to love! Working under her own design UglyLovely, she creates bespoke millinery for individual clients and for the theatre, using all sorts of unexpected materials.
How best would you describe your creative style?
It’s wearable sculpture - perfect for performers and extroverts! I have two brand - UglyLovely and Sahar Millinery. Both brands use traditional millinery techniques, and whereas Sahar Millinery brings about timeless ‘vintage style’ elegance, UglyLovely is more macabre. Described as ‘sinister but beautiful’; UglyLovely is about the wonder and awe in the beauty of the strangest things, and a celebration of death. Here we see more sculptured pieces adorned with real butterflies, rusted keys and bird claws.
Who/what inspires you the most?
Abdu’l-Bahá is my biggest inspiration in life; the perfect example of a human being and how to live. In the face of constant persecution in nineteenth century Iran, he faced hatred with love, war with peace, and injustice with justice constantly. He was love and light embodied in human form.
Why do you enjoy teaching workshops?
I believes that everyone can nurture creativity and I’m committed to naturally bring that out thorugh the way I teach. I’ve run many successful workshops, including a specialized ‘felt steaming’ workshop for the Institute of Making and millinery demonstrations for The Barbican but I also also set up ‘Hat Over Heels’ – a hat-making workshop for women who have lost their hair
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