'Kiss of Death' bonnet

'Kiss of Death' bonnet

Designed by Jo Gordon
Satin and pheasant feathers
Great Britain
1984
Museum no. T.139-1996

Jo Gordon has taken the traditional structure of a poke bonnet to extremes. The long, menacing feathers project forward over two feet in a tunnel-like brim, which almost obscures the face.

Gordon initially trained as a fine artist, studying sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. She then undertook a two-year millinery course at the Royal College of Art. After 1995 she branched out into knitwear, an area in which she continues to specialise and experiment.