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  • Herald the new beat: Vagabond Couture [VC] millinery - a radical remix of punk and ceremony for the renegade lioness. VC's collections of iconic headpieces fuse nature's flamboyance with materials found from life on the road. Launched by Karen Graves in 2011, VC has grown to be recognised for its brand of show-stopping architecture and dramatic silhouettes that each meticulously hand crafted creation deploys - meriting the “couture” appendage. A beacon of innovation in the luxury accessories market, Karen’s designs cut a violent streak into conventionality. Promoting a celebratory and wild spirit, the brand is rapidly gathering momentum thanks to several high-profile commissions, including Vogue UK 2017, Mario Testino 2017, the 2014 ELLE Style Awards. Vagabond Couture showcased their first catwalk collection at London Fashion Week in Sept 2015.


    Be it a fashion-forward wedding, photoshoot, music video, film production or corporate event, VC employs avant-garde flair, style and artistry to deliver a tailored, one-of-a-kind luxury collectible. As the first purveyor of elaborate feather "Punk CanCans" and "Showhawks" in the UK, each piece is handmade in our Brighton studio, with the highest level of detail and craftsmanship. If desired, we offer made-to-measure, champagne consultations as well as Skype appointments to conceive and create the ultimate pièce de résistance.


    VC’s bespoke headwear and costume creations have to-date been commissioned by Vogue UK, Mario Testino, Rockstar Games, Style Me Pretty, Elle Magazine, Editorial Magazine, Wylde Magazine, Misha Andersen Design, Oxford Fashion Week.


    Lady Vagabond has a foundation degree in Fashion Design and degree in Graphic design and graduated from Kensington & Chelsea School of Fashion with a Distinction in Millinery. 


    Welcome to the Art of Play!


    "Vagabond Couture’s Designer in Chief Karen Graves’ designs were some of the most prominently featured aspects of the show - her feathered headdresses and Punk CanCans (now commissioned for Elle Magazine) turned science into art, creating a mix of eclectic fashion with tribal adornments with astoundingly powerful results."

    Antonia Mackay | Oxford Fashion Week 2014