October 2012 Blog Posts (51)

Crinoline Creations

Sculpturing with Crinoline is a great way to create a statement Headpiece. It has been used for years in vintage clothing and was originally made from horse hair and used to stiffen frothy Crinoline skirts. Today it is all synthetic & comes in a great colour range. To add a more dramatic shaping it can be wired as seen in Hatinators Lesson or as a complete hat brim in…

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NEW HATBLOCKS IN STORE

New hat blocks are now available in the Hat Academy Store, made from straight grained Milkwood which has been traditionally used in pattern making. Models include - Brims: Perfection, Serene / Crowns: Flat tip / Pillbox, Dome / Collar & Ribbon Stretcher. Free collar with every brim or crown purchase. Postage only to Australia for the present.

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A Space Odyssey

The talented fashion photographer Roger Charles recently used some of Carrie Jenkinson's hat creations in his photo shoot. The images take you to a surreal science fiction fantasy world with a touch of class thanks to her unique headpieces.
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MILLINERY SUPPLIERS MAP

Our new supplies page is live including a range of new products, featured suppliers plus an interactive map to find millinery outlets in your local area. Simply use the icons to zoom in and move the map then click on the pin for supplier information.
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SHOPPING FOR THAT EXTRAORDINARY HAT!

Have you found your hat for the races? Spring Carnival Races is a time when we all get dressed in our best including the 'Hat' to complete and compliment a classic style outfit. Stylist Anna Pappas visits Liza Georgia and Marilena Romeo located in Melbourne to find that perfect hat.
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PILLBOX LESSON

The Pillbox is with us forever, in this lesson you will learn: Variety of components to create a pillbox, Cover with your favourite fabric, Pillbox using 5 piece block, Make paper patterns using your block, Trim with your favourite trims and veiling.
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BRING OUT YOUR INNER CARNIVAL

The Insider Edit gives you an insight into the wonderful world of fashion and style. Visiting Melbourne Central to bring you a sneak peak at the hottest accessories for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival featuring the Milliners Association of Australia popup shop.
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The Collar has it

Designing is all about what you add or what you take away from a basic shape. Sheila Dozier from Ohio designs her hats with a uniqueness by using this principle. Check out the style here where she adds a collar then see in her designs what happens when she takes away the crown! It is the secret to unique creativity. Lesson 11 is all about additions & subtractions you can apply to a  basic Hat,…

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Yellowglen House

Yellowglen is offering Melbourne Cup Carnival racegoers the ultimate VIP experience with the launch of Yellowglen House, an elegant three-story marquee showcasing Yellowglen’s new look and boasting stunning views overlooking the strait of the iconic Flemington Racecourse.
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Perfect Perforations

This Red felt floral creation by UK Milliner and Designer Edith captured the attention of the magazine photographer. Perforations have been one of the biggest stories this catwalk season on headwear, shoes & bags. Watch out for it. They can be Punched-out, laser-cut, cut–out… no matter how you slice it, perforated is one of the biggest stories of the new season.…

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INSPIRATION FROM DESIGNERS

It is worthwhile strolling through a Ladies Fashion Department Store to note colours and styling . For Spring Racing Carnival in Australia we need to observe what is readily available for customers as these are colours that will be required in headwear. Do you gain any inspiration from designers?
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Feather Profusion

Cara loves the theatrical qualities that headwear can bring out in the wearer. They showcase the wearers personality or mood for the evening and brighten their eyes and smile. Her pieces display a profusion of feathers and with the addition of something vintage reflect the timeless appeal of the early 1900's.

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TRACKSIDE FASHION LUNCHEON

Faces of Caulfield, Hetty Kate and Evan Spargo, bring us to the Trackside Fashion Luncheon on Schweppes Thousand Guineas Day. Featuring the Caulfield Whitehouse Institute of Design Award Winners.
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Hats off to Cup Day fashion

Linda Ford in the media: "While headpieces fitted with a perspex trim are proving popular overseas, Bundaberg milliner Linda Ford suggests keeping it big and bright for Australia's biggest horse racing event on November 6."
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Stage Set

All set for the stage on Race Day is this Moulin Rouge inspired top hat complete with French inspired bustier. Queensland milliner Beverly Hone started creating Headwear for herself and daughters and soon they caught the eyes of friends. Now Beverly watches out for her styles on the "Fashions of the Field" stage.

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Spring Appeal

Rowena Reeve lives in the beautiful Yarra Valley outside Melbourne where the plums grow and fuchsias flower. Although she favours headbands her sculptured Hatinators are also a speciality. This Plum & Fuchsia sinamay piece is a great style for this years Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup.

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Lookbook

Chapeau Nairi draws her inspiration from costume history, 1920s Paris and antiques markets, as well as her own boundless imagination and singular aesthetic approach. Take a journey into Chapeau's millinery world with her 2012 lookbook.

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Penny Holloway Interview

Kathleen Lisson chats with racing lover and blogger Penny Holloway. "When done right, hats can be the icing on the cake for an outfit, really finish an ensemble. I feel very lady like and polished when I wear hats, particularly when going to the races – where it’s almost taboo if you’re NOT wearing a hat of some sort."

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Creative Perspective

Melanie Veronica is on a mission to share her many expressions of love and happiness through millinery design and to enlighten others to the connection of spirit we call creativity. Melanie discusses her millinery journey in this interview from a recent catwalk performance.

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