I have always been fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians, largely thanks to my mum, who knows pretty much everything there is to know about Egyptology. Several years ago I was inspired to make a Cleopatra themed headdress for a photoshoot but it never happened, the headdress perished and that was the end of that.
But about a month ago, having been booked to shoot with Faith Obae I had it in my mind to try again. In my past, bird wing millinery was one of my specialties and in my last move to Manchester in January I found one pair of pheasant wings which I had never used. I also had some legs and a resin cast of a hawks head. I had everything I needed. A lot of glue, stitching and gold paint later, a final headdress was complete.
Whilst Cleopatra was my main inspiration it became clear I was designing around the theme of a more authentic Egyptian Queen – and my mum has since pointed out that he final images are more like that of Queen Tiye.
I had in my mind how the final images would look, based on images I had found, and my desire for an authentic modern version of a ruling Queen without the fancy Hollywood theatricals. The final look came off with ease and I am so incredibly proud of these images. This is probably the last bird wing millinery piece I will do for some time and it’s good to know it was an absolute winner!
Photography: Richard Maxim
Model: Faith Obae
MUA/Hair Stylist: Amy Prifti
Designer: Falcieri Designs
Studio: LovePhoto Studio, Newmarket