Today I am thrilled to introduce Samantha Walden, creator of historically inspired headdresses and tiaras.
Designer Samantha has an enduring passion for history; in particular the history of fashion.
Her years as a researcher at English Heritage have helped inspire her exciting and original hair accessories for formal and bridal wear.
Whether your taste is for the bold classicism of the Regency period or the striking geometric styles of the Jazz Age, Samantha has a design to suit.
I hand you over to Samantha to share her story…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“My name is Samantha Walden, and I design and make vintage – inspired tiaras and headdresses.”
“I can also create bespoke tiaras…if a bride has a certain style in mind, or loves a particular period of history, I will do my best to conjure up the tiara of her dreams.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“Not long ago! I launched my little business in January, and I have had lots of lovely comments since then.”
“I started my company for the best possible reason, I think: because I love what I do, and if I can share that with others, then that’s brilliant.”
What inspires you?
“In a nutshell, I’m inspired by historical fashions.”
“The accessories I produce definitely have one foot in the past, and I’m influenced by the gorgeous fashions of days gone by; the rich and sumptuous colours and styles of the Victorian age, the delicate beauty of the Regency period, the glitz of the 20s, to name a few.”
Do trends influence your work?
“Not really…every now and then I might produce a tiara which is ‘on trend’, but that’s more by accident than design.”
“I just look at the materials I have in front of me, and take it from there.”
“I don’t think my tiaras date really, because historical fashions are timeless; their popularity never really wanes.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“I don’t know if I’d say it was my greatest achievement, but it was certainly no mean feat to make my own wedding tiara a few years ago.”
“Every time I started to work on it my husband-to-be would come home, so the tiara would be shoved down the back of the sofa, under the bed, even in the microwave, to make sure he didn’t see it.”
“There was a lot of clandestine tiara-making going on during those months!”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“It’s very early days, and everything is still new and exciting. It’s lovely to hear from people who like my designs.”
“I’m preparing for those now, so that’s my main focus at the moment. Afterwards, who knows where the tide will take me!”
Samanthas creations can be purchased online or at stockist Proudlock and Harry in Norwich.
Thank you so much to Samantha for sharing her stunning historically inspired headdresses and tiaras.
I particularly love the mermaid tiara with its gorgeous gold seashell detail and the vivid colourings of the peacock headpiece…absolutely divine.
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