A Paris touch for Moomba

Date:04-03-2010

A Paris touch for Moomba

When Moomba returns to Melbourne this weekend, it will be with a distinctive touch of Paris. Melbourne's famed master milliner and Kangan Institute trainer Paris Kyne has played an important role in returning the Moomba Monarchs to the throne this year, creating head pieces for King Molly Meldrum and Queen Kate Ceberano. Paris said he was thrilled at the invitation to contribute to this year's festival. "I received a phone call from Moomba organisers on one hot afternoon and my first thought was 'yeah! About time they bring the monarchs back'. "I used to go to Moomba as a kid and always loved it, my one regret is I never saw the parade the year Frank Thring was King." Moomba - Australia's largest free community festival - celebrates the city's people, its culture and its characters, a theme which Paris has incorporated into both headpieces. "My brief for Molly was for a crown to go over one of his Mountcastle hats. The piece could not look bridal, too camp or have too many crystals on it. I have no idea what 'too many' means, but I guessed it meant more than a lot. "Both crowns were originally to be made in silver, but at the last minute we all got together for a design meeting and went for gold instead. Although these two pieces were designed for Kate and Molly specifically, I also know they will be worn by the new monarchs for the next few years, so I had to also take this into consideration with the designs." Both pieces are entirely made from crystals and wire, a method of millinery which Paris is currently teaching at Kangan Institute's Centre of Fashion in Richmond. With a highlight-filled career in the millinery and fashion industry which has included work with Nicky and Paris Hilton, exhibitions around the globe and acclaim from fashion icons, Paris rates his latest Moomba experience highly. "This project has certainly been one of my career highlights as both Molly and Kate are lovely people who I admire. "These pieces will be reused for a number of years and they go into the City of Melbourne collection. The city stages amazing exhibitions drawn from its City Gallery collection at the town hall. "Past monarchs include a bunch of people I admire greatly like Robert Morley in 1967, Sir Robert Helpmann in 1974, Graeme Kennerdy in 1997, Frank Thring in 1982 and Molly Meldrum in 1985. "Past Queens include my favourite female, Denise Drysdale, and we have also had one Queen Mother of Moomba in 1983, Dame Edna, so there is a great history to the monarchs You can catch Paris' creations at the Moomba street parade on March 8 along Swanston Street from 11am.