January 2013 Blog Posts (33)

Milliner, Georgina Heffernan launches new bespoke collection

 

In February 2013 Georgina Heffernan ... launches the first three collections. The designer led millinery brand stays true to its style: vintage, femininity and exclusivity.

The collection “Hollywood Vintage” is…

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VINTAGE INSPIRED FASHION

Millinery photo shoot inspired by the 1930s.
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Marketplace - Dior Derby

The classic combination of black and white makes this a great hat for the races or even a wedding. Just add a little black dress. The hat is finiahed with a hand-made sash of spotted and striped silky polyester which ties in a loose bow. The sash is removable.
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WHAT'S HOT IN HEADWEAR

Fashion at The Races Ambassador Hayley Pearson catches up with Heather Clark of Studio Hats to find out what's hot in headwear this Summer.
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ISOLATION NO PROBLEM

Living on a small island off Spain, in the Meditteranean has challenges for budding milliner Vanessa Inarejos Gil. Despite the language challenge she is adding to her skills through Hat Academy lessons. Vanessa knows her local…

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HATS ARE BACK!

Great interview with Louse Green and why hats are making a comeback.
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ON THE MOVE

Moving her Atelier from Forte die Marmi, Tuscany to Viareggio, an Italian sea resort city was a huge shift for milliner Elisabetta Garine but has proved worthwhile. For over 20 years, modern & crazy shapes with style have been her special ability to attract customers.
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HAT CLASSES - INSERT, SPOT, SHOT

By inserting and adding extras to the straw we create a new look that gives your hats individuality . Use these concepts in Brims, Hatinators & even cocktails.
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Marketplace - Red Women's Fedora

The hat is made of fur felt in a bright red. It is hand-blocked by me on a wood hat block. It has a high fedora crown and a snap brim. The brim is wired for extra stability and the edge is folded down using a special invisible stitching technique.
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MILLINERY ICON WITH A TWIST

In consultation with Sydney Milliner Jonathon Howard, Dion has created a swirl of white wool from head to hem, a salute to Australia's heritage - the iconic Akubra hat.
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ADAPTATION

If you were commissioned to adapt a cloche to a cap or vice versa would you have thought of this design?  A Hat Academy member exclaimed "Ahhhh Perfect!! " Maggie Mowbray from Edinburgh has shown ingenuity with this felt design …. "incredibly elegant" says another member. It is the simplicity in the flow of the shape that creates such exclamations and hopefully this piece is keeping a head warm in…

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HAT CLASSES - FELT TRIMS

Due to the nature of felt with no weave it lends itself easily to reshaping & embellishing to make trims from scraps. Create leaves, flowers curled loops & bows even add stitching.
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DISCUSSION: WHAT'S YOUR STUDIO LOOK LIKE?

What's your millinery studio look like? How do you manage your work and storage space?
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MARKETPLACE: Bell Shaped Crochet Cloche

Cloche in the traditional bell shape in pink crochet cotton and hand blocked on a vintage hat block to resemble the 1920s flapper style. Crocheted flowers adorn the right side, and the brim is lightly wired to retain shape.
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MAKE OR BREAK THE OUTFIT

Cumbria UK milliner Tracy Wells ensure her hats make the outfit. Millinery is her passion and she recently captured the fashion catwalk with her headwear complimenting the designers winter collection.  Preparing for such parades takes effort but working with a fashion designer will help expose…

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HAT HINTS - FACINATOR LINING

Creating a perfectly fitted lining for your Headpiece or Fascinator is an essential finish.
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NEW HEIGHTS

Celebrities choose to wear creations by established bespoke Milliner, Rebecca Share from Victoria, Australia. By adding the dimension of height to her pieces Rebecca creates a greater three dimensional impact. Viewed from every angle there is a new look. Colour is vital for her work and she is not afraid of using multiple brights.

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MARKETPLACE: 1940s Perch Tilt Hat

This lovely little perch hat is blocked from a replicated vintage block and oh so darling! It is made of velour fur felt and trimmed with handmade velvet roses, finished with a dotted veil. The brim is wired and hand stitched to achieve a smooth finish.
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Sinamay Color Card

Colour co-ordination is essential when designing headwear with your client. Nine times out of ten they purchase the outfit firstly, then come to the milliner requesting you to match the straw. The best way is to use swatches of straw available here from The Feather Shop at a minimal cost. The Feather Shop will also be offering colour cards for their feathers, veiling and crinoline later this year. …

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HAT LESSON: SWATHED CROWN & BRIM

Fine fabrics such as chiffon, organza or georgette drape softly over a hat foundation. Learn to swathe fabric & secure invisibly to give a feminine old world look to crowns,brims or both. What you create in fabric can also be achieved with sinamay.

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