Choreography was her passion when she was a teenager but her interest for costumes led her to study fashion design at the HELMo in Liège. Captured by the past styles of elegant women, and their attitudes, Celine Pinckers started to design head to toe outfits. She later perfected her skills in the art of hat making with renowned millinery Elvis Pompilio and furthermore in feather working. Read the rest of this entry »
Not only the UK has famous millineries, also Belgium has a long tradition in hatmaking. And we do not only mean hats for royalty strutting their stuff on horse-races or royal weddings, but real fashion statements. Read the rest of this entry »
Elvis Pompilio is standing in his doorway when I arrive at his new atelier in the rue Lebeau on the Brussels Sablon. With a broad smile he welcomes me in his new kingdom. He looks very relax and his eyes are sparkling. This Liège-born son of a miner is a very passionate man. After studies in graphical arts Elvis Pompilio designed his first hat creations becoming well known in the fashion world. In 1987 he began to work on his own and opened his first boutique in Brussels followed by a second one in Antwerp and later in Paris and London. But in 2002 he got fed up with the hassle of managing four different boutiques and doing the follow-up of a long list of regular clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Bendel,… There was only one thing that he wanted to do in his life and that was creating… His new boutique opens the 1st of April. I Love Belgium sat down with the master-hat designer himself to have a chat before the big opening.