I’ll eat my hat: Ingenious designer uses Crohn’s disease diagnosis to create hats good enough to eat
An ingenious designer used her Crohn’s disease diagnosis to create hats good enough to munch on.
Giving a whole new meaning to “I’ll eat my hat”, with Maor Zabar’s clever designs you might actually want to.
Maor’s inventive ideas include a berry pie beret, fishy fascinator and even a salad sombrero.
The 36-year-old costume designer used her Crohn’s Disease diagnosis as his inspiration.
Maor said: “When I discovered I had Crohn’s disease I was forced to start a special diet and was unable to eat many of the foods I have always loved.
“So instead of eating them, I created them out of felt and fibres and made them into beautiful fascinators.
“Now I am able to eat what I like, but I still love making new additions to my Food Hat collection.”
Maor, who is a teacher at Shenkar’s College of Fashion in Israel, has been making the hats and fascinators for two years.
His inspiration is derived mainly from her work as a theatre set designer, using the different costumes from throughout history.
Each of the hats is made differently, requiring different timescales depending on their intricacy.
Maor said: “I have never seen hats like mine – I do believe my work is unique and I hope people see that.
“I have a hunger and an urge to create beautiful headpieces for women to wear that will make them feel glamorous but still unique, creative and sometimes even humorous.
“My hats are designed with a wink in the eye and a tongue in the cheek and I think that is what my customers really respond to.
“People buy hats from me because they want something that stands out from the crowd and I am more than happy to oblige.”
On top of Maor’s foodie fedoras, he also creates beautifully detailed furniture pieces, including a crockery shelf and dinner table.