ARTIST spotlight

Veritée Hill

November 13th, 2019

By Curtis Newart

(Photos courtesy Veritée Hill unless otherwise stated)

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Veritée Hill

The “True Colors” music video by Cyndi Lauper in 1986 had a scene with Lauper wearing a crystal-adorned, chandelier-like headpiece. By this time she was a well-known fashion (anti-fashion?) icon, but this was a whole other level of Lauper, so to speak.

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Cyndi Lauper wearing the headdress from her "True Colors" video. Designer unknown. (Photo credit: Matthew Rolston)

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Fast forward 32 years to what I consider a fashion revolution for Miss Lauper. Re-enter the headpiece.

 

At Lauper's 2018 annual Home for the Holidays fundraiser in NYC she made a grand entrance wearing a silver suit and an elaborate metallic-silver headpiece topped with ostrich feathers.

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing a Veritée Hill headpiece at Home for the Holidays (2018). (Photo credit: Carl Scheffel)

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Cyndi Lauper-worn Veritée Hill headpiece on display at the Cyndi Lauper Museum in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit Joe Salg. Photo courtesy Cyndi Lauper Museum)

Then there was the December 2018 Billboard magazine spread of Lauper to celebrate her being named Billboard's 2018 Women in Music Icon. Another amazing Hill headpiece.

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing a Veritée Hill headpiece as seen in Billboard Magazine 12/8/18. (Photo credit: Ruvan Afanador)

This Halloween, Lauper appeared on the red carpet of Bette Midler’s annual Hulaween party sporting the headpiece again, this time paired with a kimono.

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing a Veritée Hill headpiece at the Hulaween party in New York City 10/31/19.

The woman responsible for these fantastic new pieces is Veritée Hill, an amazing young fashion and costume designer living and working in New York City. In addition to headpieces, she specializes in gowns, corsets and latex clothing.

“Working with Cyndi Lauper and her incredible team has been an absolute dream come true,” says Hill. “I feel truly fortunate to work with such an amazing artist. I am a huge fan."

 

"I was put in contact with Cyndi’s stylist, Nikki Fontanella, via a mutual friend (not realizing that we have a ton of friends in common) and she pulled a few dresses and headpieces from me for The Billboard photo shoot. I was ecstatic when I saw that they had chosen to go with one of my headpieces."

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Veritée Hill and Ewan McGregor during the Mae McKagan Capsule Collection at Jimmy Webb's I NEED MORE store in New York City 6/5/19. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Getty Images for Mae McKagan Fall/Winter 2019 Capsule Collection)

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Mae McKagan and Veritée Hill during the Mae McKagan Capsule Collection at Jimmy Webb's I NEED MORE store in New York City 6/5/19. Hill made the corsets for the collection, including the one McKagan is wearing above. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Getty Images for Mae McKagan Fall/Winter 2019 Capsule Collection)

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Veritée Hill at Diamond Horseshoe.

Hill, a British-born fashion and costume designer, is known equally for her expertise in headpieces and corsetry. She specializes in the use of leather, latex, plexiglass, laser-cutting, and hand-painted fabric. Veritee’s aesthetic can be described as bold femininity. All her designs are handmade in her New York City studio.

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Veritée Hill wearing her flower headdress.

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Beauté Fantôme editorial as featured in Elegant magazine. Dress by Veritée Hill. (Photo credit: Paul Zhen)

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The Golden Age dress by Veritée Hill. (Photo credit: Ylva Erevall)

On June 6th, 2019, Lauper performed at the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony in New York dressed in what may arguably be the most fantastic costume of her career. It was a black patent leather bodysuit, a faux patent leather corset, a peplum belt, and a True Colors-inspired tail.

 

She theatrically revealed the peacock-like tail feathers to ecstatic party-goers (the ‘feathers’ even appeared to light up with Pride colors).

“The peacock tail was covered in hand cut eye-like appliques to represent the lyrics I see your true colors. One side of the tail was covered in silver eyes and when Cyndi turned around she revealed the back which was covered in eyes of Pride colors. The entire tail was covered in crystals so that it would shine under the stage lights.”

“When Cyndi’s stylist contacted me about making a custom outfit for the opening of Pride at Barclays Center I could hardly believe it. I had the opportunity to work one on one with both Cyndi and her stylist, attend dress rehearsals and even be backstage at Barclays.”

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing Veritée Hill at WorldPride 2019.

“During sound check I became very emotional and started crying. Hearing Cyndi’s beautiful voice in a massive empty stadium while she was wearing my designs was such a surreal experience. To be part of such an important celebration of love and acceptance was incredibly humbling.”

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing Veritée Hill at WorldPride 2019.

“When Cyndi opened the show I was beaming from ear to ear. The joy in the stadium was palpable - the audience instantly stood up and cheered then sang and danced along. That night will forever remain in my heart.”

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing Veritée Hill at WorldPride 2019. 

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Cyndi Lauper pride doll by Keriann Carney of Skeriosities. (Photo credit: Keriann Carney)

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Hair: Jutta Weiss   MUA: Nafra Gonzalez   Stylist: Nikki Fontanella

Cyndi Lauper wearing Veritée Hill at WorldPride 2019.

“I am so thankful for all the wonderful people I have met since working with Cyndi. She has a such a kind and supportive team (stylist, assistant, manager, makeup artist, hair stylist).

Everyone has truly made me feel welcomed. I am also thankful to her fans that have embraced me and supported my work.”

“Tears are forming as I write this because I feel so lucky to have such an incredibly talented person such as Cyndi Lauper like my designs. Words can not begin to describe how much it means to me.”

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Naomi Campbell photographed at I NEED MORE wearing a Veritée Hill corset. (Photo credit: An Le)

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Outfit by Veritée Hill.

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Deborah Harry dress by Veritée Hill.

I sincerely hope we see much more of Hill’s eye-popping work adorning La Lauper.

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IN THE HOT SEAT WITH VERITEE HILL

 

The only rule we ask our participants to follow is to name the first answer that pops into their head for the following 12 questions.

 

And, go!

 

Breakfast cereal: I don’t eat cereal for breakfast, however I do love Lucky Charms!

Next Halloween costume: Veruca Salt after she has fallen down the garbage shoot into the furnace

Birthday wish present: I would love to take a trip to England and Europe.

Fave cartoon: American Dad

Fave movie: Labyrinth

Fave song: This is an impossible question to answer but I shall have to go with Placebo’s “Lady of the Flowers”

Celebrity run-in: Ewan McGregor

Celebrity crush: Ewan McGregor

Fragrance: White Musk

What do you drive: I live in NYC so I don’t drive. However when I do drive it’s a Porsche 924 with right hand steering, her name is Percy.

Pet peeve: People who don’t understand escalator etiquette. Leave the left hand side clear for people in a rush!!

Room service food: I honestly never order room service. I prefer to go out to eat or bring food back to the hotel. But for the sake of the questionnaire, I shall go with a veggie burger (I’m assuming most menus have them).

Thanks for playing, Veritée!

DECEMBER: THE CYNDI LAUPER MUSEUM!