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Course Catch Up Offer

If you have courses: Fundamental, Classic, Tailored or any lessons from 1-30, you are eligible for a discount for the Millinery Essentials Course. Take advantage of the further savings, new lessons plus the Certificate of Completion. Simply send us a message and…

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Fashionary Headwear Sketchbook

Being such a niche industry, it is rare to find something that is truly made for the milliner in mind. Fashion, design and accessories books are in abundance everywhere we look but rarely is there much specific to millinery. Luckily Fashionary has developed a specially designed book tailored to the headwear designer which is an essential guidebook for any milliner looking to add to her armoury…

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NEW FISH LEATHER COURSE

Learn to use this beautifully textured and coloured fish leather in your millinery styling.
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Milliner: Véronique Van Nerum

For Milliner Véronique Van Nerum, working with her hands has always come naturally whatever the craft, but when she stepped into the world of millinery she found a much deeper sense of excitement and joy. The Lebanon based milliner discovered that when her craft and creativity was merged with fashion, through her new found love of millinery it seemed to breathe a new life into her designs. Taking…
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Milliner: Donna Lewis

Artist, nurse, teacher, mother, horse stud owner and milliner, when it comes to wearing many hats, Donna Lewis certainly has that covered and seems to take it all in her stride. Whilst Donna has many passions, her creative endeavours are what truly make her heart sing, allowing her to express her true self. Donna's gorgeous designs cover a range of different millinery techniques, materials and…

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2017 Millinery Award

Join the adventures of Hat Academy tutors at the 2017 Millinery Award.

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Photographer: Richard Shaw

From Naadam Races on the Mongolian Grasslands to the preened lawns of Royal Ascot, Australian Photographer Richard Shaw has seen it all, straight from the horses mouth! His elegantly framed images encapsulate a range of emotions, tell a story and reveal the true beauty that can often be overlooked in a passing glance. Here we chat with Richard about his…

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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 Fashions On The Field enthusiast and…
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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…

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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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