Known in glossy circles as Fashion’s Favourite Milliner, Albertus Swanepoel has collaborated with the cream of New York designers including Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.
Stars from Brad Pitt and Emma Watson to Christy Turlington and Adwoa Aboah have worn his hats in editorial and cover shoots. Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and True Blood’s Eric Northman sizzled in his chapeaux. And he’s contributed to costumes for Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Front Page, A Doll’s House Part 2 and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
From stiflingly conservative 1970s South Africa, Albertus has crafted his way to the pages of Vogue and the billboards of Times Square. Read on for his journey — and why Albertus Swanepoel hats are standouts.