‘La Curieuse Fleuriste’ is Sally-Ann Provan’s first couture collection incorporating modern technologies and traditional millinery techniques.
Surface pattern is inspired by flower symbolism in Tudor paintings denoting female status and character, many of these symbols also reinforce the perceived value of a woman's virtue and purity at the time.
Flowers have been imbued with symbolism throughout history and art, and many of the flowers that are so familiar to us today were brought to us by the 'curieux fleuriste' - the flower collectors and cultivators of the 17th century who prized their beauty and rarity.
Laser engraved acrylic headpieces are inlaid with resin or mother-of-pearl, embellished with beads and glass pearls creating a fusion of contemporary silhouettes and rich floral pattern. Transparency is explored to create a sense of floating layered patterns.
The exhibition includes her 'Momento Flori' showpiece which was shown at the Scottish National Gallery as part of the acclaimed 'Beauty By Design' exhibition, and stunning photographs by Alistair Clark and a beautiful film by Tao-Anas Le Thanh.
The collection and exhibition is supported by Creative Scotland.
Sally's work is often described as 'modern millinery with echoes of an elegant past', and this, her first couture collection, balances the past and the present to create a beautiful inter-seasonal contemporary collection.
Sally's work has been shown all over the world including London Fashion Week, Origin, UK Now in Australia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. She teaches regularly at Edinburgh College of Art and is milliner to Scottish Opera.
There will also be a Twilight Headpiece Workshop run from 6pm-9pm on Sunday 4th October. For more info and to book tickets click here.