Bird in the Hand

Lockdown Diaries Entry 7

A film by Anna Alvarez. Based on a headpiece by milliner Jen Lewis – The Bunny Girl bow with veil. An adorable oversized bow with flyaway tails reminiscent of the 1950s bunny girls, with a contemporary twist.

Watch the video here:

About the Artist

Anna Alvarez is a dance artist based in Brighton. Of Latin American descent she has toured and performed extensively across the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Israel and the US. Wearing different hats within her profession she works with Tango, circus and contemporary dance as a performer, choreographer and movement director. Anna is currently serving as an “optimist” for China Plate, a performer for Extraordinary Bodies and as a movement director for La Lucha by Crowded Room Theatre/ Battersea Arts Centre. You can see more of her work on her website.

About the Inspiration

On the journey to becoming a milliner, Jen dabbled in many areas of fashion; pattern drafting, printing, and corset-making. Whilst working with vintage clothing, Jen discovered the wonderful world of millinery.

In 2008, after enjoying making hats as a hobby for a few years, Jen decided to take the plunge and become a self employed milliner; thus ‘Lilly Lewis’ was established. By the autumn of the same year, Lilly Lewis designs were stocking the shelves of Topshop’s UK flagship store. And for the next four years this was to grow to include stores around the world.

Along side this Jen has also had the pleasure of making headwear for stage shows both in the west end and in Europe and more recently tv and film.