February 2014 Blog Posts (35)

MILLINER: CHARLIE GATES

Not every milliner has a muse who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. Such is the fortune for Charlie Gates who works in taxidermy artwork and fashion accessories and is acclaimed as one of the top in her field. Her assistant and muse is also her best model to wear many of her extraordinary master pieces. …

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WATCH : WE ARE ALL MAD HERE

Follow Nick Fouquet down the rabbit hole...
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FAB FEBRUARY: LAST DAYS!

Last week to take advantage of our Fab February offer!
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MILLINER: FINKA MENDOCINO

Finka From Mendocina County, California wants the world to rediscover the most exciting fashion accessory on the planet – hats! Creating hats for theatre and in this case a pretty hat for a ballet is a great opportunity for Finka and many milliners but they always require some special techniques. It is essential the hats stay…

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WATCH: HAT MAKING STEPS BACK IN TIME

A business in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood keeps traditional hat making alive, practicing the same methods hat manufacturers used hundreds of years ago.

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MILLINER: MARGE IILANE

Experienced and very talented milliner Marge IIlane from Estonia shares her latest black and white range and has amazed us again. Everyone loves the universal houndstooth design but this technique and finish she has developed is sure to impress her clients. Houndstooth originated in Scotland, woven in wool and worn by…

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DESIGN YOUR OWN COURSE

Pick and choose what you would like to learn with the updated Mixed Course. You can now select 10 or more lessons any order, and receive a 20% discount. Cater to your learning or complete lessons on your wish list. Plus receive a gift certificate for Fab Feb!…

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DISCUSSION: CONSULTING AT HOME?

Jain Kidsley asks "Do you travel to clients homes or do people come to you?"
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WATCH: HOW TO BUSTLE A WEDDING VEIL

Here's a quick and easy tutorial from Percy Handmade if you want to wear a chapel length veil to your wedding reception.

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ALBUM: 1920S STYLE

Fashion designer who has crossed over into accessory and millinery design, Crazy Teapot shares this 1920s style Guipure lace headpiece with silk flowers and swarovski crystals.

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SUPPLIES: VEILING

Veiling measuring 23cm / 9" wide for hat trimmings and other craft projects. Available in other colours. Sold per 1 metre.

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MILLINER: ATELIER CHAPEAU EGOISTE

In 2012, Denis and Svetlana Gulyaeva left Novosibirsk, Russia to study millinery in New York at Anya Caliendo’s couture millinery atelier.  Like all master milliners Anya imparted a new perspective on working techniques and design. All their work is hand stitched and they seek to make everyones wildest dreams come…

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INTRODUCING TUTOR PROGRAM

Hat Academy is delighted to announce a Tutor Program for other artisans to teach their particular skills through the Hat Academy platform. Five tutors are committed and are in initial production stages. This will expand the lessons for new students and existing milliners who are keen to add to their skills at the Master Class level. 



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WATCH: LONDON FASHION WEEK HATS

Watch the Belle Sauvage AW14 collection catwalk with millinery from Awon Golding.

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STUDIO GROWING PAINS?

If you could build your dream studio, what would you include?
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MILLINER: HANNAH YOUNG

The ‘talk of the town' is Hannah Young who is the creative behind the “Rose Young Millinery “ label in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her hats and headpieces are worn by those in the Royal enclosure at Ascot and the choice of style for a recent MBE recipient. This ringed button style is having a revival as it was popular during…

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WATCH: Dressage Hat Making

Take a journey into the art of dressage hat making.
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MILLINER: TRACY CHAPLIN

Tracy Chaplin is a couture milliner who like many was trained under Rose Cory, milliner to the late Queen Mother. Like many of Rose’s students she has become a internationally renowned milliner and for the last decade Tracy has worked with couturiers in Belgravia  designing hats for their aristocratic clientele. The precision…

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SUPPLIES: ABACA BRAID TRIM

This trimming is made with high quality abaca straw which is harvested from the abaca tree. These trims are ideal for hat making, decorations including wedding cards and invitations as well as for embellishment garments and costumes. …

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DISCUSSION: BLOCKING ON STYROFOAM

Melissa asks "How well would felt block on a styrofoam head?"
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