Milliner Gigi Burris on finding her passion, with help from an American Girl.
“When I was in the fourth grade, my mom and I went to colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia, to see how Felicity — my favorite American Girl doll — [would have] lived.
In town, there were these amazing millinery shops that trimmed hats on site. I’ve always loved hats, and my mom let me pick whichever one I wanted; I chose a fabulous green bonnet made from natural straw with hunter green and cream satin ribbons that tied at the neck.
I thought it was SO elegant, and didn’t take it off the entire trip.
[Later in life], I fell in love with the idea of romantic nostalgia, which inspired me to pursue millinery, a non-traditional occupation that preserves a centuries-old craft.
Putting on that hat in Williamsburg was such a special moment — so transformative and emotional — and it definitely resonates with me in my career today.
— as told to The Thick