According to Israel21c, Maor Zabar makes some crazy hats. They are definitely artworks unto themselves.
Growing up in Haifa, Maor Zabar was the kind of kid who painted on the furniture and drew on the walls.
“I used to drive my parents nuts,” admits the 42-year-old award-winning costume and hat designer.
Fortunately, his parents indulged their little boy’s artistic exploits. They sent him to afterschool art lessons and the WIZO Haifa Academy of Design for high school. He spent a year living with an uncle in New York, learning makeup artistry before finding his true calling.
Zabar’s famed creations include the attention-grabbing getup that Netta Barzilai wore for her winning performance in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2014, Zabar started his hat business.
He doesn’t consider himself a milliner. He simply loves hats and wanted to create them freely outside the confines of his theatrical costume commissions.
“I don’t treat my hats as fashion items. I refer to them as art pieces,” he says.
It wasn’t long before images of his hats – featuring food, carnivorous plants, sea creatures, pride, and bride themes – from his online Etsy store began making a buzz in the blogosphere. “I get inspired by things I come across, even pictures in a book or a vacation I took,” explains Zabar.
You can spot Zabar’s hats on stylish heads at launch events, red-carpet events and British horseraces.
“If you’re daring enough and want to make a fashion statement, a hat is the most standout item to do that with,” says Zabar.