Milliner and bookworm, Emma Fielden, returned to Shakespeare’s plays to find inspiration for her hat for the baird’s statue in the City of London. She chose ‘one of my favourite Shakespearian tragedies, Antony and Cleopatra’. Cleopatra is figuratively identified with the 'fickle' moon, and Antony is identified as the 'constant' sun’ –a sparkling mirrored halo. The hat is made of mirrored gold and silver Perspex, and emblazoned with the words 'constant sun' and 'fleeting moon' in Swarovski crystals. The surface will reflect the sun and moon (and other weather) in real time.
Emma Fielden studied fashion at Cheltenham School of Art before specializing in millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College. She set up her own label 15 years ago, is stocked in Harrods and counts Roisin Murphy, Cerys Matthews, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Dannii Minogue among her clientele.