Millions tune in as Island milliner's eye-catching designs feature in Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

By Ross Findon

Monday, August 4, 2014


Millions tune in as Island milliner's eye-catching designs feature in Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

The futuristic design created by Keely Hunter, adapted for Kylie Minogue's dancers at the Commonwealth Games. Picture courtesy of Benjamin Madgwick.

AS the curtain came down on what has been hailed as the greatest Commonwealth Games ever, an Isle of Wight designer played her part in making sure the closing ceremony was a fitting finale.

  Keely Hunter
Isle of Wight milliner Keely Hunter
Milliner Keely Hunter had just two weeks to create 14 eye-catching visors for a team of dancers performing with Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue, during a rendition of Can’t Get You Out of My Head — watched by around seven million people on television.

"I know one of her stylists from other projects and he contacted me. A lot of my work is quite futuristic, which is what they wanted," said Keely, formerly of Newchurch, but now based in London.

Because of the nature of the project, there was no fitting before the show, but Keely put the visors through their paces with the help of some friends.

"I had my friends jumping around wearing them, just to test they wouldn’t fall off. During the ceremony, one of the dancers was doing somersaults," said Keely.

Fault Magazine  
The cover of Fault Magazine, featuring Dannii Minogue.
Keely, a former Sandown High student and Shanklin Regatta queen, has gone on to be featured in Vogue magazine, at London Fashion Week and have her work sold at Selfridges.

This was her second project involving a Minogue in a matter of weeks, having created the hat worn by Dannii Minogue for the cover of Fault Magazine.



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