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FOTF: Em Scodellaro

Spring racing brings with it a buzz of excitement, business and late nights for milliners all over the world but what about those gorgeous fashionistas who get to model the delicately stitched brims, carefully sculpted trims and fanciful gravity defying works of art. What does it mean for them?  We spoke to long time…
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Milliner: Victoria Jane Millinery

To Victoria, of Victoria Jane Millinery, headwear is all about showcasing one's personality and creativity, be it quite and conservative or bold and vivacious. "I was drawn to Millinery for its uniqueness. I just love how a headpiece might be a simple, elegant accessory to complete an outfit; or an incredible piece of design and skill" says Victoria.

After moving to Melbourne,…

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Bespoke Block Making

Ian Bennett teaches you techniques he has developed to make blocks using low cost components often found in the home.
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BRENDA LUI INTERVIEW

Living in a small regional town is not a limitation for Mackay Milliner, Brenda Lui. Asked to compile a collection for the local Artspace Gallery was another chance to present the best of her brand ‘Crazy Teapot.’ The layout and styles will amaze you. We applaud you Brenda! Photo: @wendellt

What do you love most…

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Millinery Design Award: Ian Bennett Interview

UK Milliner Ian Bennett was applauded by milliners, racegoers and the judges as his headpiece “Fireworks" took out the Millinery Award on Oaks Day, during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington, Melbourne, Australia.

Congratulations on your sensational multicoloured headpiece, ‘Fireworks’ which took out the Millinery Design Award…

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Foam Hat Blocks Course

Making your own custom blocks is easy to master under the instruction of Ian Bennett.
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CARRIE JENKINSON INTERVIEW

UK milliner, Carrie Jenkinson knows no limitations to her designs, aspirations and ambition to succeed as a milliner. This new Collection reflects her creative attitude when styling her headwear.  

What do you love most about millinery?

I love that there's so much variety out there, the sky really is the limit in terms of designs. I think…

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Milliner: Kimberley Smith

For Kimberly Smith, millinery is an art form for which one can truly show their creativity and personality. Kimberly sells her hats under the name Reuben and Rose and works as a duo creating pieces with Karl Reuben from Australian's millinery Capital, Melbourne. A perfect example of her stunning work can be seen in this Devine Royal blue sinamay hat. This hat features navy Blue flowers with…

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MILLINER: ROBERTA SIMPSON

Sometimes a hats can take on a story of their own especially when the hat is photographed in a dreamy field of tall grass in Glasgow, Scotland. This enchanting little hat finished with delicate white veiling could be seen on a bride or guest at a wedding or even a day at the races! It has a gorgeous feminine feel that makes it suitable for any occasion. Roberta's passion for millinery comes…

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FOTF: MELISSA BARNES

Melissa Barnes is a jack of all trades and master of many, which makes it all the more exciting for her recent State FOTF win! This win not only sees her entering the National Competition automatically in the top 10 of Australia but it has also inspired her to follow her long held passion of starting a racing fashion themed Boutique. Whilst Melissa has been a very much admired…

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Thermoplastic Millinery Course

Thermoplastics will change the way you create headwear. Explore new possibilities in millinery!
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NATALJA INTERVIEW

For Natalja, founder of the creative studio, ArtLuja, millinery is the perfect combination of art and skill and has inspired her to collaborate with other artists in Latvia. Being a somewhat small country, millinery is not a very prominent art form or profession so for Natalja, Hat Academy has been a great resource to combine with her existing creative skills. As you can see, she has her own…

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THE SPINDLE: FACE SHAPES PART ONE

As a milliner you have probably heard people say from time to time "Hats don't suit me!" Or something along those lines... but the truth is... hats are for everyone! It's simply just a matter of finding the right style!

As we all know there are more styles of hats than there are face shapes and so it only seems fitting that one compliments the other! In the first of a two part series we show the first three…

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Moji Gersh Interview

Moji Gersh from Rana Hats believes that a well made hat starts with quality materials and this is something that should never be compromised. Having a father in the fabric business has had a crest influence on her love of different materials, their composition especially organic materials with scluptural qualities including straw, felt, fur, veiling and lace. As you can see front the featured…

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NEW COURSE RENDEZVOUS WITH HATS

Master milliner Diana Cavagnaro is excited to share all her hands on methods to create four different styles of headwear. Learn to make a tailored boater hat and an elegant picture hat based on buckram using flat pattern methods. Winter style is all about a comfortable felt hat made all in one using a flange brim…

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THE SPINDLE: PHOTO FUNDAMENTALS

The first of our Spindle learning series covers how to best capture your millinery creation with photography no matter your experience or camera, thanks to the talented Cessiah Henderson.…



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FOTF: ALICE BRIGHT

When this beautiful smiley faced blonde first stepped onto the stage at her local Race Day in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, little did she know she was taking her first steps into a world of creativity, friendship and beautiful things. Working in the corporate world was far from aligned with her love of fashion and dressmaking so when she finally found a place to showcase her creative hobby…

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Royal Ascot 2017

Flick through the collection of Hat Academy members photos from the fun and frills of Royal Ascot!
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Milliner: Forme Millinery

Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby and of course, amazing hats and this piece by Formé Millinery is no exception. This gorgeous parisisal piece in multiple shades of grey features a big derby brim, floaty grey peacock tail feathers and some rouched grey fabric for a little extra detail. Not only does Jenny Pfanenstiel create beautiful hats like these she prides herself on using…

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MAA Design Award 2017



The MAA Design Award is now well underway! Congratulations to all those who entered. Judges Rose Hudson and Phillip Rhodes have selected 10 finalists including the winner and runner up. We are thrilled to announce the 10 finalists:

Rachel Henry | Di Robertson

Felicity Northeast | Sandy Aslett

Wendy Louise…

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