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 it's become a real art form and every milliner out there has their own unique style which is so inspiring.

How did you get into millinery?
I started making Fascinators in 2011 as a hobby.. as I became more interested I signed up to do a millinery course at London School of Fashion and built a website and I now sell headpieces all around the world.

How you would describe your designs.
I have always loved feathers! They just look amazing on headpieces and I'm also really into sculpting headpieces with wire and using thermoplastics to create really unique designs.


How do you decide which specific styles to include in your collection

I have so many ideas and inspirations throughout the year so each collection is completely different. My summer Collection was inspired by a trip to Venice and this New A/W 2017 Collection is inspired by Colours.

Who is your ideal customer?
Someone who knows exactly what they want with clear instructions! Sometimes it can be difficult to design headwear for people who change their minds allot.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in almost everything really. I find myself constantly thinking about headpieces even in my sleep! I also like trying out new materials and feathers and seeing what can be created from them.

If you could invite any milliner to tea who would it be and why.
It would definitely be Philip Treacy.. his work inspires me so much and I love the huge difference in his pieces. He has inspired my love of Sculptured headwear and he looks like he would be a fun person to talk to.

What is your favourite material to work with?
Feathers! They are beautiful and everyone loves them. Of all the headpieces I’ve made, it’s the feather ones that become the most popular.

What’s your Favourite type of hat?
I like small pillbox hats. There are so many fabulous hat blocks out there at the moment! Obviously the crazier the better for me.

What has been the largest challenge you face in millinery?
I managed to get a Collection in The House of Fraser and they ordered 80 headpieces from me which I had to make by myself. At the time I was working in a little shed in my garden and it was so cold I could hardly move my fingers!!

Famous words to live by.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and how you do it” Maya Angelou

» Explore the complete lookbook from her latest collection 

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