October 2012 Blog Posts (46)

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2012 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival ambassadors Hetty, Evan and Jesinta bring us a glimpse into Spring Carnival racing, from the sights and sounds around the course to fashions and millinery on the catwalk. Take a peep at the video collection including a trip to last weekends BECK Caulfield Guineas Day.
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Blackbirdfield

Preparations for Belgrade Fashion Week at the end of October are well underway. It enables designers to showcase the current fashion trends for Spring 2013. Serbian Millinery Label "Blackbirdfield" is a popular catwalk designer. This striking  piece catches your gaze for some time as your eye follows the mystical twisted & curled feather spines.

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Cocktail Recipe

Cocktail Hats with a touch of her Japanese culture are Pheiga Sugahara Macdonalds speciality. This striking hat of purple wool felt is blocked on a vintage style 3/4 riding hat and trimmed with deep blue edging, charcoal veiling and two arrow feathers to make a striking statement.

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PILLBOX HAT ETIQUETTE

Pillbox Hats are small brimless hats with a flat crown and straight sides. Jacqueline Kennedy, First lady of the United States from 1961-1963 was well known for her signature pillbox hat. She wore them more often than any other style. They are timeless and look chic even today, learn how to wear a modern Pillbox.
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PERFECT MATCH

Bellinda Haase launched her first collection recently. She commenced learning how to make hats in sinamay in July this year through Hat Academy online lessons and has found her true Passion. Reminiscent of a bygone era – this striking disc hat calls for unapologetic attention. Using an irresistible classic – polka dots – combined with flamboyant loops, feathers and…

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Cherry Twist

Australia Milliner Sandy Aslett has mastered a technique of pleating fabric on a foundation and then sculpturing the folds to create fluid movement. For "Cherry Twist" she has chosen richly coloured silks which reflect the light and shade to each pleat.

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SOCIAL NETWORK TOOLS

Megan Beverley shares some tips on how to get social networks under control. "I work full time in someone elses business so need all the help I can get to focus on my own sometimes. There are a couple of tools available to help you manage these and remove distractions."

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WOW THE AUDIENCE

As a singer and performer New York milliner Mindy of 'Princess Wow Hats" has brought joy to many from the stage but now brings pleasure on the New York millinery stage for those who wear and observe her creations. As her label suggests it is all about fun! This rich burgundy felt has been hand moulded and trimmed with delicate feathers.

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MILLINER FOCUS


Take a video tour of Stephanie's creative studio and millinery business. Stephanie and Tyrone "Ty" Dickey brought Stef-n-Ty, their designer hat business, to Detroit a year and a half ago after spending 20 years working out of New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
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SCULPTURING

Free form sculpturing is the styling in demand for this years Melbourne Cup Carnival. Leigh Cassidys piece is a sample of her ability to Sculpt, allowing a freeform design no matter what the straw component and every twist, curl and loop makes a piece unique.

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WHEN IS A FASCINATOR NOT A FASCINATOR?

Royal Ascot banned fascinators this year, a base of 3" was acceptable but is that a headpiece or a fascinator? Kate Henry asks a question to define universally what is a fascinator / cocktail / headpiece?
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HAT ACADEMY MARKETPLACE

Now live for members is a way to buy & sell hats through the Hat Academy Marketplace. Listings will be at no charge as a service to help students and milliners to sell online. All that is required is for you to add a short description, upload pictures, set the price & choose your preferred method of payment.

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Unique Creativity

Like most milliners Bridget Early from Ohio has a burning need to create and design, and each hat is an adventure as she brings her visions to life. The ivory ribbon hat band together with the handmade ivory flower shows the uniqueness of her creativity in this flapper Inspired Cloche.

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DRAMATICALLY DYNAMIC

Belle Mc Cluskey describes this piece as representing the mystery and movement found at the deep depths of the oceans bottom. Her millinery journey commenced in theatre where all things are dynamic, fluid & flowing.

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LEARN AND EARN

Crazy Teapot shares "After doing the Hat Academy felt tutorial this week, I had a custom order for this fabulous statement headpiece, with custom dyed felt which was shaped into this wonderful structure. I'm sure my client will be turning heads everywhere tomorrow at the Mackay Turf Club."

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Charlottes Web

A number of Hat Academy members have had the privilege to learn millinery under the guidance of Rose Cory (Milliner to the late Queen Mother) This includes Brisbane milliner Angelica Nave. She perfects each piece with a fine finish and unique design. 

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IMPROVISED STEAMER

There has been much discussion on alternatives for the essential milliners tool the steamer. Bridget shares her solution "By filling my pressure canner about half way full, I can produce a generous stream of steam that will provide enough steam for even the heaviest felt hoods."

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Felt Fantasy

You are guaranteed to stay cosy & warm wearing one of Tracy Deniszczuk's sculptured wool pieces. As a felt artist who uses wet felting techniques Tracy combines wool in a magical fusion of colour & design.
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MEDIA MAGNET

Irish milliner Aoife Kirwan has had a some great media attention decorating editorial pages with her creations. Most recently two of her hats where featured in the October issue of Image Magazine. Have a flick through Aoife's media tear sheets.
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Girls Night Out

Brendan Rich has embraced the creativity of a whimsy which proves to be a design by line. This piece has a certain mask like intrigue. Only those who have made a whimsy know the accuracy & patience needed to create the perfect symmetry.
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