May 2013 Blog Posts (81)

Marketplace: lace-covered bow

"Ava" is a dove-grey wool felt bow covered in lace. Black glass cube beads were hand-applied to add a subtle sparkle as they catch the light. A soft single layer of tulle veiling covers your face.

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FLAPPER FUN

Friends come together to celebrate the era of the flapper each with their own "look."  This was a period of change with women riding bicycles or driving cars and flouting social norms. Lisa Jaynes creations can be described as Modern Vintage with a touch of glamour. All are designed in her…

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Watch: Nerida Winter

Milliner to the stars, Nerida Winter talks about the importance of great headwear for the races.
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MARKETPLACE: Hand Marbled Feathers

Unique Feathers in Bold Color & Design. Feathers are naturally molted parrot feathers from the cockatoo and African Grey. Each one is marbled with the same technique that is used for marbled paper. The marbling paint is permanent and colorfast and will not fade. …

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NEWS: TUTOR INTERVIEW

Listen to an ABC radio interview with Hat Academy tutor Elaine.
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MILLINER: SIMPLE FASCINATION

Georgia Gleese is known locally in her US town as "The Hat Lady" - such a lovely compliment. Word of mouth marketing is a great way to get the word out there & everyone wants your hats. Georgia's simple fascinator has added extras to make it special – just a little bit of bling and added braid to crinoline swirls. …

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HATBLOCK: COCKTAIL HAT

Small block reminiscent of 1940/50s era perfect for a vintage or Gatsby styled headpiece! Wooden Hat Block 17cm x 14.5cm x 2.5cm. Made from durable light weight, easy pin straight grained Milkwood.
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Watch: TRIPLE CROWN TRENDS

Fashion at the Races' Briana Mott dresses NBC 1st Look's host Ali Fedotowsky for this years Triple Crown.
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MARKETPLACE: Red Great Gatsby Cloche

A vibrant and chic little cloche hat made from red wool felt and finished with ribbon detailing, a stunning hat to really turn heads! THIS HAT IS UP FOR GRABS FOR FREE!, YES REALLY! YOU HAVE UNTIL 7 June 2013. Competition details here.…

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The Art of Hats: The Legacy of an Iconic Australian Milliner

The announcement of Frederick Fox, former milliner to the Her Majesty The Queen, as the 2013 Australian of the Year in the UK was a fitting tribute to a man of great talent.…

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HAT HINTS: PILLBOX ETIQUETTE

How best to wear a Pillbox hat? Elaine shares a couple of pointers.
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Milliner: STRIKING SPARKLE

Every Bride will love this handcrafted tiara but Gatsby lovers will enjoy it also. Sally-ann Wrights pieces are uniquely designed and handmade with the best quality of materials. Her special skill creating…

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Check out: Featured Members

Click through the growing list of featured members. Read their personal stories, discussions, check out photos & get inspired!
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Watch: Twigs & Honey

Twigs & Honey specializes in hair adornments, accessories, design and fragrance. Take a journey as they unfold their story.

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Marketplace: Mini top hat

This stunning mini top hat is hand crafted and truly original. Stand out from the crowd, each design is made in limited editions.

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Discussion: Milliner admiration

Which Milliner do you mostly admire and why?
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Milliner: BRIDAL BRILLIANCE

Traditionally every bride peeps behind her veil. Home based Milliner, Wendy Freaney of Texas has come up with an alluring concept using pleated crinoline to create a bridal headpiece with real flair. Her hand made ruffled flower adds a softness to the whole design. Coming soon to Hat Academy, Lessons on all things…

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Hat Classes: BRIMS - PLEAT, INLAY, DROOP

Designing is all about additions & subtractions in this lesson we learn how to add spots, pleats and give a straight droop brim a new shape.
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WATCH: Stephen Jones, the magician hat maker

Stephen's vision over his thirty year career has consistently challenged preconceptions of what a hat is and means, and how it affects an outfit. This film is intended to reflect Stephen's creative genius and his peaceful temperament.
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MARKETPLACE: Cocktail hat with veil

A show stopper of a hat this deep purple Harris Tweed hat is stepped up a notch with a puff of bright pink veiling and a posy of hot pink tartan Harris tweed flowers with uncut amethyst centres.

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