In Conversation with Nikole Tursi 

Millinery Fashion Designer

What is your vision for your craft?

When I first decided to move to Europe, I was thinking about going to Paris because I love Haute Couture. I wanted to go there and learn more, so I started to learn French. But then the London Hat Week happened, and I decided to first go to London and see how things work out there, and here I am and now I don’t want to go to Paris. 

To imagine that there is a possibility of meeting with the Colbert Haute Couture Committee in France is like a fantasy, which can become a reality. They called me to participate in the London Hat Week! To dream and long for it so much, for so long, is bringing me closer and opening the way for everything to be possible. This year I was able to fulfil one of my goals, that my headdresses are walking in the Royal Ascot in England.

 

Who are your favourite artists and designers?

Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen. Iris is very different from my style, but I like her because she has a unique style. It has a lot of movie and theatre that I love, it’s not my style but I love that she is making it work this way. Also, I love Björk and I would love to design for her.

 

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

My dream is to go to Norway to see the Northern lights. I have also always wanted to go to Japan. 

Your favourite book, film, activity - that motivate & inspire you.

I love music from the 80’s. I love electronic music also, I love going to music festivals. People tell me I should go to these festivals like the Burning Man with my clothes and headgear. 

My favorite film is How’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki. I love the book ‘El Poder de la Hora’ (translation – ‘the power of Now’).

What value are you trying to create through your work? 

I want people to think less about what they’re going to wear or what they’re going to do. I want them to just do what they want. I think it’s a very London thing.