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Support Fellow Artisian

Hat Academy Tutor and Author, Helen Gibb, has lost everything in recent Colarado firestorm. As a community of fellow artisans and milliners we are here to support Helen through this difficult time. “All is lost - my original ribbon art and samples, supplies, antique Ribbonwork…

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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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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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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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MILLINERY AWARD FINALISTS 2021

Millinery masterpieces for the Millinery Award 2021 exhibit each milliner's creativity and precision in detail. Congratulations to all finalists in this astounding array of headwear for the Melbourne Cup Carnival this year.



Winner:…

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MILLINERY AWARD FINALISTS 2020

Nothing conventional with the headwear creations in the 2020 Melbourne Cup Millinery Award, each piece radiates the extraordinary! Congratulations and hats off to all finalists.



Winner:…

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The Portrait Kitchen

Gemma Holley Millinery

Hi Jon could you tell us a bit about The Portrait Kitchen?

We are a husband and wife portrait service. Jon is the photographer and Anjee manages our clients and provides input around styling. We used to hire studio space but one day decided to run…

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Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Home

This year for the first time in its history, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is going ahead without crowds. Whilst we can’t go to Flemington this year, many traditions continue, and we can all still enjoy the Carnival by celebrating at home. Since March, I have been dressing up and making an event of following the races at home. Along the way, I have learnt a few tricks I can share with you to help…

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New Wirework Bretons Course

Learn from acclaimed Milliner and Tutor Sophie Allport, this contemporary interpretation of the classic Breton Hat adds height and elegance.

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Sherilee Honnery Interview

Living in an isolated small outback town in Queensland, Australia has not deterred Milliner Sherilee Honnery from forging ahead to create her own millinery design label. The pandemic certainly has not made it any easier but Sherilee has pursued her passion and love for leather to create stunning headwear. 

How did you come into Millinery?

I have a small head…

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Millinery Photoshoot Guide

What does it take to prepare for a millinery collection photoshoot? Discover how Cessiah Alice Millinery brought it all to fruition.

Photos by Cessiah Alice Millinery. Behind the scenes photos by Rebecca Mira Photography.

Make-up time with the very talented local Sophie McDermott…

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Buntal Caps & Berets Course

Louise Macdonald's love for buntal straws led to developing innovative techniques to create stylish caps and berets for smart casual wear or a day at the races.

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How To Measure Head Size For Hats



Head sizing is not as simple as wrapping a tape measure around your clients head. Firstly we need to recognise how sensitive the skull is as it is so close to the nerve centre, the brain with so many nerve endings. This may mean that a hat you have made perfectly sized to fit a person with 58cm head may…

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Sophie Allport Interview

Talented young milliner, Sophie Allport has based her distinctive styling on her love of using a natural, pliable product with a great variety of colour and texture. Sophie shares her journey with tips on how to develop your unique style of headwear.

What do you love most about Millinery?

I love that since starting millinery I have been able to combine a lot of different aspects…

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New Wirework Course

Become proficient in wirework as you learn to construct unique millinery with structural integrity and refined finish.
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