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Deeply emotional and very personal interpretation of the cinematic conversations by the legendary Federico Fellini told in Couture Hats
Deeply emotional and very personal interpretation of the cinematic conversations by the legendary Federico Fellini told in Couture Hats
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Anya Caliendo is an artesian milliner working in Couture. Her brand, "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier"  was established in 2008 followed by the opening of Anya's Atelier and showroom in 2010, located in Babylon, New-York. With in the past several years Anya established her name as one of the most recognized names in American millinery, bringing global attention to the Art of Couture Millinery in the US and continuously contributing to the glory of the American Millinery.

The "Fire Bird" headdress, designed by Anya. Currently on dispay at "Haute-A-Porter" Exhibition, Modemuseum Hasselt.
The "Fire Bird" headdress, designed by Anya. Currently on dispay at "Haute-A-Porter" Exhibition, Modemuseum Hasselt.

 

"Maya" hat, created by Anya and inspired by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Maya Plisetskaya. Currently on display at "Haute-A-Porter" Exhibition, Modemuseum Hasselt.
"Maya" hat, created by Anya and inspired by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Maya Plisetskaya. Currently on display at "Haute-A-Porter" Exhibition, Modemuseum Hasselt.

 

The "Manolo" hat, created by Anya, inspired by Manolo Blahnik.
The "Manolo" hat, created by Anya, inspired by Manolo Blahnik.

"For the past several years I have been working behind closed doors in solitary confinement out of my Atelier based in Babylon, New-York. I often feel that words are too weak to translate what I feel and so I choose to communicate to the world through the creation of unique hats. Every year I release ONE single Collection of couture hats..." - Anya Caliendo.
"Little Red Riding Hood" hat and  the "Big Eyes" headdress by Anya Caliendo, 2016
"Little Red Riding Hood" hat and the "Big Eyes" headdress by Anya Caliendo, 2016

 

Anya is responsible for the design and production of every single hat she creates. Being an adamant anti-mass production advocate, Anya creates very limited additions of her designs, many of which are one of a kind pieces and regarded as collectors items. Her work is full of intricate detail, meticulously executed and assembled one hat at a time in her Atelier.
"Dancing Dragon" headdress, by Anya Caliendo, 2015
"Dancing Dragon" headdress, by Anya Caliendo, 2015
 "My greatest weakness and my greatest strength is perfectionism. And for that reason in many cases hats can take weeks to be born. Every single detail must be polished to perfection,  every single stitch must be placed with maximum preseason, the fabrics selected must be just of the right quality, finish and color. Production of each Collection requires tremendous preparatory work. Depending on the theme of the Collection I conduct an extensive research and study of the chosen material. I carefully select fabrics, create accents meticulously stitched and assembled one part at a time. Every hat has a tiny part of my soul stitched inside of it." - Anya Caliendo
"The Two Fridas" floral veils, created by Anya Caliendo and inspired by the namesake painting by Frida Kahlo. 2015
"The Two Fridas" floral veils, created by Anya Caliendo and inspired by the namesake painting by Frida Kahlo. 2015
The extraordinary quality of Anya's work and shier range of her millinery capability has been noticed worldwide. Since establishing her brand in 2008, her designs have been  featured in world's most respected publications.
Anya Caliendo in Press.
Anya Caliendo in Press.
Anya's creations are frequently requested by world's most celebrated Museums and exhibitions. This year along Anya created unique headdress she named "A La Russe", requested for the permanent collection of National Museum Scotland. CNN Style recently featured "A La Russe" in the line up of 14 treasures of The National Museum Scotland. You can also see several of Anya's designs currently  displayed as a part of "Haute-A-Porter" Exhibition in Modemuseum Hasselt, curated by Filep Motwary
"A La Russe" Kokoshnik, by Anya Caliendo for the permanent Collection of National Museum Scotland.
"A La Russe" Kokoshnik, by Anya Caliendo for the permanent Collection of National Museum Scotland.
Anya Caliendo is also one of the very few US based milliners behind the creation of fabulous hats for Lady Gaga.
Hats created by Anya for Lady Gaga.
Hats created by Anya for Lady Gaga.

"I think of hats as a perfect hiding place. An absolute accessory,  not relative or comparative to any other accessory in existence. It is a perfect place to become invisible or, depending on how you feel, shine in the spotlight. Hats allow you to adopt any identity you wish to adopt and yet, they allow you to remain you. I look at all my hats I created for the past several years as beautifully published volume of short stories where every single hat is a story with in its own right. Some are intimate, very personal, some are born our of fantasy. I want every woman who looks at my hats to become a part of this fantasy, completely loose herself in possibility..." -  Anya Caliendo

Finally, in 2013 Anya became a first American milliner in decades to present he solo millinery Collection of couture hats with in the official schedule of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New-York.

About The Project: The "Fellini Files" Collection.

Federico Fellini on the movie set. Master at work.
Federico Fellini on the movie set. Master at work.
 
In the Winter of 2016, amidst of production of the "Fellini Files" Collecion, at the age of 41 Anya suffered a silent heart attack followed by cardio procedure to restore damaged artery.

"Several months of recovery robbed me of time critical for production and business operation. As a result, despite my best efforts, the budget marked for the completion, release and presentation of my new Collection fell short. This is the reason I decided to turn to the art community in hope of support to fund the remaining portion of Collection and its official release with accordance of  the Fashion Calendar.At present, the "Fellini Files" Collection remain at 50% completion". - Anya Caliendo
Details of Anya's work in her Atelier, working on creating magnificent millinery.
Details of Anya's work in her Atelier, working on creating magnificent millinery.
 
"The Fellini Files" is deeply emotional and very personal interpretation of the cinematic conversations by the legendary Federico Fellini told in couture hats. Growing up in the Soviet Union, extremely closed and restrictive society, for me Fellini movies were a very rare source of beauty, visual inspiration, a precious glimpse into another world. I grew up learning how to look at the world through Fellini's eyes. Since it is such a rich, incredibly deep and very serious material, I knew I had responsibility to wait to pay my respect to the Master until I felt I was strong enough as an artist to create a Collection that would measure up to the level of the name of Fellini. This time is now. My goal is to finish "The Fellini Files" and breath life into every piece by showcasing this Collection at New-York Fashion Week. Letting the glory of each design to be presented in motion.
Fragments of Anya's work in her Atelier.
Fragments of Anya's work in her Atelier.
26 amazing millinery creations are planned to become a part of the "Fellini Files" Collection filled with magnificent designs full of details.Thirteen of them are ready . With this campaign we are hoping to raise funds to help Anya complete the remaining 50% of the Collection and insure the adequate quality of Presentation to the attention of global Press, currently scheduled to be held at New-York Fashion Week in September of 2016. We are aiming for the absolute minimum necessary to complete Collection, distribution of NYFW fees, photography, videography, securing live models and venue for Presentation. If we should we be so lucky as to raise more funds than initially planned, every single dollar of it will go to expand the scale of both Collection and Presentation.



Fragments of the production by Anya.
Fragments of the production by Anya.

 "I once saw an image of ballerina's feet, covered in wounds and blisters - silent, carefully counselled witnesses of the struggle and pain that goes into creation of beauty. I felt incredible connection to that image and decided to take a picture of my own hands to show what the hands of a Milliner working in Couture look like. Puncture wounds, cuts, needles under my nails, swelling and pain are my badges of honor. You will not find a single sewing machine in my Atelier. I take tremendous pride in what I do." - Anya Caliendo

Anya. The hands of the milliner working in couture.
Anya. The hands of the milliner working in couture.
 
"I thank each and every one of you for your  kindness, trust and support." - Anya


Rewards.

Reward #1:

Fashion Illustration of "Bitten. The Love Bug" Hat, SS2014.
Fashion Illustration of "Bitten. The Love Bug" Hat, SS2014.

Receive a  8.5 X 11 print copy of "Bitten. The Love Bug" fashion illustration. Created  for her SS2014 Presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, featuring the head look for "Confessions" SS2014 Collection. Illustration is originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier."  You will receive a copy signed by both artists.

Reward #2:

Fashion drawings of the "Phantom" and "White Carprice" hats, designed by Anya for Lady Gaga.
Fashion drawings of the "Phantom" and "White Carprice" hats, designed by Anya for Lady Gaga.
Receive a set of two print copies, 8.5 x 11, fashion illustrations of original hats Anya designed for Lady Gaga. The "Phantom" hat (right) was worn by Lady Gaga for her appearance on "Good Morning America" broadcast. "White Caprice" hat (left) was worn by Lady Gaga in 2015. Illustrations are originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier." You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

Reward #3:
Set of four fashion illustrations of the original designs created by Anya.
Set of four fashion illustrations of the original designs created by Anya.

 Receive a fabulous set of 4 print copies 8.5 X 11 of fashion illustrations of original designs Anya created for her Atelier. Illustrations are originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier." You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

Reward #4:

Set of 6 fabulous fashion illustration of Anya's original designs created for her Atelier.
Set of 6 fabulous fashion illustration of Anya's original designs created for her Atelier.

 Receive a beautiful deluxe set of 6 print copies of fashion illustrations, 8.5 x 11. All illustrations are of Anya's original hat designs for her Atelier. Illustrations are originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier.". You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

Reward #5:

Have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016.

Reward #6

"Gold November" fedora hat, designed by Anya
"Gold November" fedora hat, designed by Anya

Receive one of the Atelier's best sellers, your own stylish "Gold November" fedora hat, designed by Anya, in color of your preference. Created just for you and embellished with gold coated birch leafs. *** Please, note, that available color pallet will be distributed to each backer via e-mail end of July.

Reward #7:

Enjoy a one on one lunch date with Anya at iconic Bergdorf Goodman restaurant in NYC + have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016. ***Please, note, that while the lunch date will be scheduled starting November 2016 to accommodate your availability, the acknowledgement portion of the pledge will be posted through the entire month of September 2016.

Reward #8:

Witness the debut of "The Fellini Files" Collection. Receive  coveted invitation for you + your Guest to Presentation of " The Fellini Files" SS2017 Collection at New-York Fashion Week this September + Have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016.

Reward #9:
Have your own, one of a kind, couture dream- hat designed and created by Anya herself + Witness the debut of "The Fellini Files" Collection. Receive an Invitation for you +  your Guest to  Anya's Presentation of " The Fellini Files" SS2017 Collection at New-York Fashion Week this September + Have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016. ***Please, note, that all Invitations will be distributed via e-mail two weeks prior to the scheduled date of the Presentation. Bespoke designs for every backer will be distributed not later than the end of December of 2016.

Reward #10

Learn the Art Of Couture Millinery from Anya herself , during 3 week Advanced Millinery Course taught by Anya in her Atelier. The signature Course was designed by Anya personally to ensure the superb level of instructions. This is the very same Course Anya continues to teach in her Atelier for several years now and the very same Course responsible for the launch of countless millinery careers world wide. To see the work of Anya's former students, visit Atelier's Course Page right HERE. ***Should you choose this option, please, be assured that the time of the Course for you will be mutually agreed upon to make sure that the time frame works for your schedule.

Reward #11:

Treat yourself to an ultimate experience of indulging in combination of Rewards : #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 #8 and #9 all delivered according to the time frame specified under each reward above.

Reward #12:

"Bitten. The Love Bug." one of a kind unique headdress designed by Anya for her SS2014 "Confessions" Collection.
"Bitten. The Love Bug." one of a kind unique headdress designed by Anya for her SS2014 "Confessions" Collection.

 Become an owner of this unique, one of a kind headdress titled "Bitten. The Love Bug", designed by Anya in her Atelier for her SS2014 "Confessions" Collection. One of the most admired pieces during Anya's Presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New-York.

A museum quality headdress and a genuine collector's piece. "Love Bug" is encrusted with hundreds of Swarovski crystals in siam, fuchsia and ruby colors, stitched to the hard shell one by one. Extraordinary work of millinery art.

Bitten. The Love Bug" headdress at MBFW in New-York during Anya's SS2014 Presentation at Lincoln Center
Bitten. The Love Bug" headdress at MBFW in New-York during Anya's SS2014 Presentation at Lincoln Center

 

Risks and challenges

As of right now, we are not anticipating any farther difficulties with completing the project. Anya has done several NYFW presentations in the past and she is fully capable of running it once again, providing the Collection is completed. At this point the success of releasing "The Fellini Files" depends on funding only. Once the Collection is funded, it will be released on schedule in September. We will be promptly posting updates on on every stage of this jouirney and will gladly answer any questions you might have.

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    Reward # 1

    Receive a 8.5 X 11 print copy of "Bitten. The Love Bug" fashion illustration. Created for her SS2014 Presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, featuring the head look for Anya's "Confessions" SS 2014 Collection. Illustration is originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier.". You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

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    Receive a set of two print copies, 8.5 x 11, of fashion illustrations of original hats Anya designed for Lady Gaga. The "Phantom" hat was worn by Lady Gaga for her appearance on "Good Morning America" broadcast. "White Caprice" hat was worn by Lady Gaga in 2015. Illustrations are originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier.". You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

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    Receive a fabulous set of 4 print copies 8.5 X 11 of fashion illustrations of original hats designs Anya created for her Atelier. Illustrations are originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier.". You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

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    Receive a beautiful deluxe set of 6 print copies of fashion illustrations, 8.5 x 11, signature to the Atelier. All illustrations are of Anya's original hat designs for her Atelier.Illustrations are originally created by Leonid Gurevich for "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier.". You will receive each copy signed by both artists.

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    Have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016.

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    Receive one of the Atelier's best sellers, your own stylish "Gold November" fedora hat, designed by Anya, in color of your preference. Created just for you and embellished with gold coated birch leafs.
    Available color pallet will be distributed to each backer in the end of July.

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    Enjoy a lunch date with Anya at iconic Bergdorf Goodman restaurant in NYC + have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016. ***Please, note, that while the lunch date will be scheduled starting November 2016 to accommodate your schedule, the acknowledgement portion of the pledge will be posted through the entire month of September 2016.

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    Witness the debut of "The Fellini Files" Collection. Receive coveted invitation for you + your Guest to Anya's Presentation of " The Fellini Files" SS2017 Collection at New-York Fashion Week this September + Have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016.

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    Reward # 9

    Have your own, one of a kind, couture hat designed and created by Anya herself + Witness the debut of "The Fellini Files" Collection. Receive an Invitation for you + your Guest to Anya's Presentation of " The Fellini Files" SS2017 Collection at New-York Fashion Week this September + Have your name listed as a supporter on the acknowledgement page of the Press Packet distributed to all international Press during New-York Fashion Week this September and displayed on the landing page of Anya's official website at www.anyacaliendo.com during the entire Fashion month of September 2016. ***Please, note, that all Invitations will be distributed via e-mail two weeks prior to the scheduled date of the Presentation. Bespoke designs for every backer will be distributed not later than the end of December of 2016.

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    Reward # 10

    Learn the Art Of Couture Millinery from Anya herself , during signature 3 week Advanced Millinery Course taught by Anya in her Atelier. The signature Course was designed by Anya personally to ensure the superb level of instructions. This is the very same Course Anya continues to teach in her Atelier for several years now and the very same Course responsible for the launch of countless millinery careers world wide. Should you choose this option, please, be assured that the time of the Course for you will be mutually agreed upon to make sure that the time frame works for your schedule.

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    Treat yourself to an ultimate experience of indulging in combination of Rewards #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 and #10 all delivered according to the time frame specified under each reward above.

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    Become an owner of the unique, one of a kind headdress titled "Bitten. The Love Bug", designed by Anya in her Atelier for her SS2014 "Confessions" Collection. One of the most admired pieces during Anya's Presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New-York.
    A museum quality headdress and a genuine collector's piece. "Love Bug" is encrusted with hundreds of Swarovski crystals in siam, fuchsia and ruby colors, stitched to the hard shell one by one. Extraordinary work of millinery art.

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