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Royal Ascot Adventure

Relive the excitement of Royal Ascot 2022 through the eyes of Melbourne milliner Angela Menz with all the colour, the fashion and the amazing HATS !



Originally, I’d planned a trip to Royal Ascot in 2020… we all know how that turned out! As things were finally settling down and borders reopened, I decided quite last minute to make my fourth trip to Royal Ascot, one of the most famous horse…

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Free Millinery Resource

The Hat Academy team are making it easier for you to tap into all the existing resources on the website which are freely available for all members. Whether it is a video on hand stitching, business ideas or wire size conversion. Discover inspiration from Fashion on the Field winners and successful milliners, our most popular content is now all in one place. …

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Kylie Heagney Interview

With a family background in the racing industry, Brisbane based milliner Kylie Heagny was initially captivated by the magnificent array of headwear at the races. Having a background in floristry, millinery was a natural progression. Her eye for fine detail and finish sets her work apart.

Do you think your family's involvement in the racing industry…

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Interview: Sandy Aslett

Australian Milliner Sandy Aslett is surrounded by the idyllic lifestyle setting on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Her personal styling reflects her love for life and fashion, from classic designs to eye catching avant-garde originals all with a perfect finish.



As an experienced milliner you have made so many hats in various…

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Behind The Hat: Iliana Hristova

For Milliner Iliana Hristova, her Second Prize placing in the recent Mad Hatter 2022 Competition means everything. It has given her renewed confidence and inspiration to set new goals with her range of skills she has mastered in the last three years. Enjoy her journey in millinery.

What inspired you to create this headpieces titled “After the…

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New: Leather Bows

Master the art of gravity defying leather bows that keep their shape and demand attention. In this live demonstration your Tutor Sophie Allport will show you how to work with leather to create a wired leather bow trim to wow your customers.

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Hat Chat: Noeleen Millinery

With a keen eye for design and a burning passion for headwear, Milliner Noeleen Kish embraces these times of change as she re-establishes her business to the other side of the world.



What do you love about being a Milliner?


As a creative person, I love how millinery enables me to be creative on a small scale with each individual project totally different…

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Behind The Hat: Chris Mullane

Although the prizes given in Millinery Competitions are always a draw card, the real gain for entering a competition is the challenge to extend your skills to define what you thought you could never achieve. Milliner Chris Mullane rose to this challenge for the Millinery Award 2021 taking inspiration from a recent holiday.

In these pandemic times…

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Maree Starkey Interview

Creative expression in fashion can take many forms. For Maree Starkey, millinery was a natural progression after many years working in interior and couture bridal design. 



What sparked your interest in millinery?


After many years of Dressmaking and Interior Design I started making Bespoke Bridal and Evening wear. I decided to do a…

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New: Studio+

Make every day creative.

As a Studio+ member you'll receive online learning, a hat store, discounted supplies and more.

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Introducing Hatporium



Introducing Hatporium, a hat lovers destination for original headwear.


 

To help milliners grow their business we have developed Hatporium, a creative online store to buy and sell millinery. 

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Behind The Hat: Holly Barker



Congratulations to Holly Sansalone of West Australia on her third place win in the recent MIMC competition for her “Mother of the…

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THE SPINDLE: HAT BLOCKS AUSTRALIA

"My visit to “Hat Blocks Australia" by Ruth Connor.

Recently my husband and I planned a trip to Adelaide in South Australia, and I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to drop in on Darryll and Renee, the warm and amazing couple who make up Hat Blocks Australia.

We found Hat Blocks Australia in a sparsely populated area just outside…

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MILLINERY PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

Product photography is the final step in bringing your beautiful creations to life, yet it can all to often be the last thing we think about and it can often make or break how we show the world our beautiful pieces of art.  

We have all seen the covers of glossy magazines, with models wearing elaborate makeup, sleek hairstyles and designer dresses and while we would…

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THE SPINDLE: FRENCH FLOWERMAKING SANDBAG

Create your own sand bag ready to hand tool each petal in the French Flowermaking Lessons. View this free video for full instructions along with a downloadable pattern.…

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2021 Highlights

Explore all the 2021 highlights from Hat Academy and the millinery industry.
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Setting Up A Market Stand To Sell Headwear

Photo: Brenda Lui

Preparing for a Market stand to sell your headwear can be daunting. This guide gives you simple ideas to help you display your merchandise and connect effectively with your…

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An Inspiration Of Millinery Photography

A massive thank you to all members who have shared photographs of their millinery as we celebrate over twenty thousand photographs on the Hat Academy community! With inspiring headwear photos in all styles and genre, we asked 10 of our regular contributors to discuss their…

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Behind The Hat: My Tribe

Knowing and creatively expressing who are ”My Tribe” was the millinery challenge for the Student Design Competition organised by the Millinery Association of Australia. Runner up winner, Angie Jackman created a mandala, a circular design expressing…

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Behind The Hat: Georgia Skelton

The Millinery Association of Australia Design Award for 2021 focused on the Theme - ‘ The 20’s - Past, Present, Future.’  With the judging criteria based on originality and creativity, relevance to the era, quality of work, degree of difficulty and wearability in terms of comfort and stability, milliners became…

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