Jasmin Zorlu Millinery Sculptural Headwear For Earthlings
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An American born in Germany, Jasmin Zorlu spent her formative years in the wonderlands of Japan, Iceland, Turkey and Italy, traveling often and extensively with her family. Off to the University of Michigan for college, it wasn't until her last year of studying art history that she discovered her calling. Jasmin enrolled in a millinery class offered through the theatrical department and she was hooked! While still in Michigan, a mutual friend connected her to an assistantship with hatter Rod Keenan. Studying accessory design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she then worked with master theatrical milliners Woody Shelp and Rodney Gordon as well as fine milliners James Coviello and Tracy Watts. She collaborated with artists, performance artists, costume designers, and filmmakers.

Jasmin Zorlu plays with an organic concept of design morphed with an elegant directive from the Art Deco Era. Hand made with clean, deliberate structure and linework, her futuristic headwear transcends traditional notions of time and space. The hats are highly versatile and can be worn a myriad of ways, depending on the wearer's mood (frontwards, backwards, or sideways). Zorlu enjoys creating encapsulating sculptures to protect the cranium in the form of cloches and helmets from the eco friendly materials of aquatic leather, buntal and sinamay straw, upcycled cashmere, fur felt.

Zorlu also designs headwear for major hat companies. When she collaborated with Goorin Brothers, she developed new silhouettes by taking existing, traditional fabric hat styles and hybridizing them, creating best-sellers. Musicians Erykah Badu, Tom Waits and Neil Young have bought Jasmin Zorlu's headwear. She teaches the art of 'Freeform Hat Blocking' and 'Cocktail Hatmaking with Horsehair' several times a year. She is also an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Jasmin Zorlu Millinery aims to create exciting headwear for individuals and companies which will achieve heirloom status and still be fresh into the 22nd century. The Mission here on Earth is to put hats back on heads, in order to magnetically attract like-minded Earthlings.

Jasmin Zorlu was voted 'Best Hatmaker' by SF Weekly's 'Best of San Francisco 2009' and is a 2009 'Hatty Award' recipient by Hat Life, the Headwear and Millinery Industry's #1 resource.