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    DALPH JOHNSONPANACHE HATSas a child, dalph johnson, the youngest of 10 siblings, would sneak onto his moth-ers sewing machine to try to imitate her moves. As he grew older, the native Dallas-ite was inspired by the fam-ily matriarchs love of hats and taught himself the art of millinery by studying library books and deconstructing any headwear he could get his hands on. Hearing of his passion for hat-making, a re-tired milliner gave Johnson thousands of dollars worth of vintage blocks (wood-en molds used to form hat shapes), which secured his path in the industry. Today, Johnson uses old-world tools and techniques to create made-to-order couture hats that have a quality t for royalty and the classiness of Audrey Hepburn. $130-$500/

    GINGER STRANDMILLINERIUMwhen ginger strand was laid off in 2008, she decided to make ends meet by turn-ing a millinery hobby into a full- edged business. The SMU ne arts grad had been complimented on her own hand-made hats for years, so making them for oth-ers seemed the next logical step. Strand prides herself on her eco-friendly wearable sculptures made mostly from re-purposed materials. She uses hundreds of sewing items from her grandmoth-ers estate to create one-of-a-kind chapeaus. Inspired by her sisters battle with cancer, Strand takes care to use only the softest and most breathable materials for many of her styles to help those with hair loss and skin sensitivity due to chemo-therapy. $22-$1,495/

    cassie macgregor never imagined that one day she would design hats for a living, but a millinery class at the Fashion Institute of Technology changed everything. Although her rst creation looked more like a chefs hat than a beret, MacGregor wasnt discouraged. She honed her skills work-ing with various New York milliners and, in 2007, headed back to Texas to live near family and open a retail headwear boutique. But after some soul-searching, MacGregor decided that focusing on her craft would bring more happiness than running a store. So she rented a small workspace above the Bishop Arts restaurant Bolsa and, within four years, has become a respected gure in the Dallas fash-ion scene. $180-$250/, V.O.D., Warren Barrn




    Three Dallas milliners ply their craft to keep you covered. By Kristin Hull






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    aboutfaceMy dream

    of getting a

    nose job

    was nally

    coming true.

    But now that the

    time had come,

    I was having

    second thoughts.







    { illustration by KATIE MOON }

    { by KRISTIN HULL }

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    Ill never forget the day in high school when a friend asked, Did you know your nose is crooked? Great. I already thought it was too big, and now in the midst of teen-age angst, I had yet another reason to feel insecure. A few years later, as I was entering the workforce, I made the mistake of get-ting the pixie haircut Winona Ryder was sporting at the time. I learned the hard way that a super-short do only magni es any imperfections. In the torturous year I spent growing it out, stranger after stranger com-mented, You look like Liza Minnelli. (Yes, you read that right.) I took this as a direct attack on my nose and vowed to get it xed someday should the opportunity arise.

    One day, it did. A few months ago, a friend told me about

    her deviated septum diagnosis, prompt-ing me to get a professional opinion of my own. I shared all of her symptoms: snoring, congestion, frequent sinus infections, and, well, my nose was crooked. An of ce visit and CT scan later, it was con rmed. I had an S-shaped septum, my sinuses werent draining correctly, and my turbinates (bony structures on the walls of the nose that help cleanse air as it is inhaled) were large and round instead of small and narrowbasically, an ineffective breathing system. When my ear, nose, and throat physician, Dr. Evan Bates, suggested a septoplasty (surgery to correct a deviated septum), I was excited. Not only would it greatly improve my breathing, but it also meant I could nally get a nose job.

    The next week I met with a plastic sur-geon, Dr. Bryan Pruitt, who came highly recommended by Dr. Bates as well as sev-eral friends and colleagues. We discussed his conservative and natural approach to

    rhinoplasty, which was right on par with my goals. He also mentioned he was a sculptor in his spare time. How perfect was that? A tag-team surgery was in the works. Dr. Bates would do his part rst, then Dr. Pruitt would take over. We set the date, and I paid the deposit.

    Thats when I started to panic.I was 100 percent sure about the septo-

    plasty. Who wouldnt want to breathe easier after a lifetime of stuf ness and sinus infec-tions? But then I started questioning the rhi-noplasty. Did I really want it? Why couldnt I just be happy with the way I was born? Was I being too vain? Was it worth the extra recov-ery time and the extra money? I always thought of rhinoplasty candidates as those with severe dis gurements, not annoying imperfections. So did that mean I shouldnt do it? Everyone I mentioned it to responded with What?! Why? Maybe I was crazy. If most people didnt see any-thing wrong with my nose, then what was I doing?

    Fortunately, I ve learned to assuage panic with rational thoughts, so I created a list of rea-sons why I wanted to go through with the sur-gery, and I read it every morning. First, this was an opportunity. My nose wasnt awed enough to justify the rhinoplasty, but because I was having devi-ated septum surgery anyway, I gured I may as well do it. If it didnt happen now, it prob-

    ably never would. Second, Dr. Pruitt said that because of sagging due to gravity, noses appear to grow larger as we age. With mine already a bit protuberant, the last thing I wanted was for it to look even bigger. He also explained that my tip was soft, which meant that it would eventually begin to droop. (I imagined myself a combination of Liza Minnelli and the Wicked Witch of the West. Yikes.) Third, the little things that always bothered me would be correctedlooking awkward in photos, being unable to nd sunglasses that didnt sit crooked on my face, not having bangs or short hair (which I love).

    The list worked for a while, but as the date of my surgery approached, another attack of What the hell am I doing? hit. I had butter ies in my stomach, and I couldnt concentrate or sleep. The only solution was

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    Why is itthat the characteristics we dislike most about ourselves are things someone else pointed out?

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    to meet with Dr. Pruitt one more time to con rm (again) that he knew I didnt want a totally new nose, nor did I want to look like a different person. I wanted to look like mewith a straighter, smaller nose.

    My obsessive side reared its ugly head as I prepared for the nal appointment. First, I asked a friend to Photoshop some pictures of me to illustrate my after look, then I scoured the Internet and printed every per-tinent before and after picture I could nd. I was grateful to Dr. Pruitt for not laughing at my presentation.

    He explained that as much as hed like to show me exactly what Id look like after the surgery, he couldnt. The nal results would depend on a few unpredictable factors. For example, shortening the tip could cause the base to appear too wide, so he might have to narrow my nostrils a bit (which is exactly what he did). Also, it was impossible to predict how I would heal, and that could affect the nal outcome as well.

    Believe it or not, this actually set my mind at ease because I knew there was nothing more I could do. From this point on, it was out of my hands.

    I asked Dr. Pruitt post-surgery if I was the craziest, most obsessed patient hed ever seen. Absolutely not, he said. Fear is a very normal response. If this is a patients rst procedure, he or she should be nervous. Rhinoplasty is a real surgery that should not be minimized as a minor procedure. I would have been concerned if you werent nervous. Most people feel a combination of apprehension and excitement, which is very, very common. So, even if I were crazy, at least I wasnt the only one.

    The day of my surgery came quickly. I was all smiles going in. They put the I.V. in my arm, and within seconds I was blissfully unaware. Dr. Bates spent about an hour on me; Dr. Pruitt, about two and a half. It took longer than expected because Dr. Pruitt spent more time than usual sculpting the tip. Besides straightening my nose and making it less prominent, he inserted a cartilage graft (or tent pole) in the tip to keep it perma-nently perky. Bless you, Dr. Pruitt!

    Coming off the anesthesia was the most unpleasant part of the whole ordeal. Sweat-ing, nausea, chills, and throat pain from the breathing tube (inserted and removed while

    I was still unconscious) greeted me upon awakening. My husband waited patiently for the brunt of the nause