Vale Paris Kyne

As you know, I’m looking forward to this Sunday’s Vintage Fashion Day at Labassa for the National Trust.

I’ll be joining Lady Divine Hats for what will no doubt be a great day. Lady Divine have kindly stepped in to replace the hat display that Paris Kyne was going to host, after Paris suffered a heart attack and suddenly passed away. A great shock as this talented and creative man was full of life and enthusiasm, health and energy. I saw Paris twice in his last days and still find it hard to believe that he is no longer with us.

Paris was a great supporter of the National Trust and the Costume Collection. We worked together for the past few years on the annual vintage clothing sales and the next one will be a sad occasion without him. During his short life he made a positive contribution to many people’s lives: as well as friends and family, those he dressed with his wonderful millinery creations and those he taught, as well as people like me who he collaborated with. We had talked about one day combining my vintage with his hats for an event, but it was not to be.

Here is a pic I took at his Spring Racing Carnival launch in 2011 at Madame Brussels – you can see immediately what a remarkable man he was. He is joined by one of his wonderful models.

Thank you Paris – it was a pleasure and privilege to work with you and through your teaching, your students will continue to practice your techniques and create beautiful works of art.

You always signed off your emails with “Expect to be amazed” and I love that positivity. You are loved and missed. Vale Paris.

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