Estelle Woolley: Fashion on the Rows

Work for Fashion on the Rows was created at public workshops & with University of Chester students

Artist Estelle Woolley’s fabulous headpieces use ethically sourced natural materials and curiosities like feathers, flowers, leaves and shells to create a contemporary take on elaborate Victorian millinery. 

Estelle shared her millinery skills with Chester people at workshops in the city centre and followed up with a fashion shoot on the Rows, working with students and locals as models.

A series of Estelle’s images by portrait photographer Jaime Molina featured as digital exhibitions on chesterrefresh.org and in the Foyer Gallery of the University of Chester’s Kingsway campus.

Inspired by Estelle’s work, artist Clare Owens delivered a workshop exploring the rich language of textiles with participants creating items of ‘clothing’ using fabric, paper and card to reflect the black and white colour scheme of Chester’s buildings.

A new piece of music, Feathers, Hats and Crowns by Ashley Fayth, paid tribute to
the city’s architecture with particular focus on the much-lamented Browns of Chester and the Rows; and a short film of the fashion shoot was made by Chester video producer Sam Ryley, which you can see here.

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