Hat Research: an Elizabethan crown

Hat research for: an Elizabethan-inspired crown
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16th century portraits of Queen Elizabeth rarely show her in an actual crown. Rather she wears an assortment of jeweled billiments, often with a veil. But we decided that modern audiences expect to see a crown on their royalty. So this was a piece meant to capture the look of a those portraits, yet still be very crown-like.

Here are a few examples of her jeweled billiments

construction details coming soon!