BANKS and VANESSA HUDGENS swap GIGI BURRIS MILLINERY veiling look at Met Gala 2015
Gigi Burris Millinery was founded in 2009, on a passionate love of both headwear and unique luxury. Burris takes pride in preserving the delicate craft with her feminine yet dark aesthetic, embracing a sense of irreverence and natural elegance. The young designer's ongoing interest in millinery was heightened after studying at Parsons Paris and frequent visits to the old world mercerie shops there. Upon returning she studied under New York based couture milliner Leah Chalfen, at Parsons School of Design and then apprenticed with Chalfen in her personal studio. After graduating with A BFA from Parsons in May 2009, where Burris was nominated for the Designer of the Year award, her one of a kind hats and made to order ready to wear began to receive attention from the industry. Burris, at only 26 years of age, has become increasingly well known for her intricate feather and couture handwork with leather and exotics. She currently resides in the Lower East Side of New York City.
Burris has received ongoing support from the industry over the course of the brand's first six years. Burris counts major celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Jaime King, Rita Ora, Reese Witherspoon, Dianna Agron, Miranda Kerr, Theophilus London, Jessica Stam, Sophie Sumner, Constance Jablonski, Ashley Smith, Mia Moretti, Chelsea Leyland, Kyleigh Kuhn, Leigh Lezark, and Lady Gaga as fans and regularly works with stylists Karl Templer, Patti Wilson, and Kate Lanphear. Burris has, since the inception of her label, received numerous accolades from the industry. In 2009, the young milliners first year, she was featured in Vogue Italia's "Young Talents" issue. Burris soon after was named one of the world's most promising accessory designers to watch worldwide by Harpers Bazaar. Forbes most recently listed Burris alongside industry heavyweights such as Alexander Wang on the publications 30 Under 30 List in January of 2013. In July 2014 Gigi Burris was nominated as one of the ten finalists for the CFDA VOGUE FASHION FUND 2014.
Burris has collaborated with Haus Alkire, V-Files, Serge Normant & John Frieda Salon, Lizzie Fortunato, Basta Surf, and Ohne Titel
Gigi Burris Millinery is carried globally by Colette Paris, Gago FR, Henri Bendel NYC, Kirna Zabete NYC, Kiosk Palm Beach, Sid Saudi Arabia, and Webster Miami in addition to other prominent worldwide boutiques.