If ever you doubted that millinery could be called an art, then you need only look at the craftsmanship that goes into couture millinery pieces like these by Suzy O’Rourke. O’Rourke’s autumn / winter 2012 couture collection, which aptly goes under the title of ‘Gilt’, features the types of sculptural shapes that are her hallmark. Vines of 24 carat plated golded leaves twist their way across base hats made from velour rabbit fur felt or, in one example, across a pair of ear muffs made from black satin petals and mounted to a gold headband. A delicately ornate mask is made from chantilly lace plated in 24 carat gold.

suzy o'rourke ear muffs

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection
Suzy O'Rourke A/W '12 Couture collection

No doubt, in the lead up to Australia’s Spring Racing Carnival, the Sydney-based designer will have her hands full. Personally, I’ll be opting for the ear muffs.

You can view all of Suzy O’Rourke‘s autumn 2012 couture collection at the gallery above.

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