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New: Sinamay Brim Extensions Course

Discover how to add a transparent extension following the circumference of a hat, or hand sculpt an elevated sweep to combine with a headpiece.

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Behind The Hat: Angela Menz

Very few milliners are given the chance to exhibit their headwear in a National Museum. Melbourne milliner and designer Angela Menz was so excited to be asked to exhibit her creation, rewarding her for her passion for Fashion on the Field. 

Photos: @ontrackontrend

How did the Winx outfit idea develop?

Winx was racing at…

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New: Creative Crinoline Course

Add a fresh look to crinoline used in your styling and give your millinery a distinctive design.

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The Milliner's New Hope

Milliner Amanda Joyner openly discusses how her millinery store "Chef Bizzaro Millinery" survived 2020 and shares how she has fresh hope thanks to a surprise for the New Year, 2021.



When did you open your store?

My friend and I opened our shop in May of 2016 in Michigan City, Indianapolis, US.…

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Christopher Julian Garner Interview

UK Milliner Christopher Garner has the ability to create headwear that is delightfully demure or fantastically whimsical, all of which delight the beholder. 

What do you love most about Millinery?

There are so many things that I love most about millinery so this is such a difficult question to answer (laughs out loud). I love the…

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Theatrical Millinery With Margaret Gill

For Master Milliner, Margaret Gill an opportunity was given to diversify from Fashion Millinery to Theatrical Work. Read about the challenges and delight she experienced with this transition.



Almost 16 years ago you made the transition from Fashion Millinery to Theatrical Millinery. Milliners around the world dream of making such a change. What proved to be your…

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Hatty Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy Hatty New Year for 2021. Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty through 2020. We look forward to bringing more exciting additions to Hat Academy next year!

Explore all the 2020 highlights on Hat Academy and browse the…

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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…

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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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Behind The Hat: Stephanie Spencer

Congratulations to Melbourne Milliner, Stephanie Spencer who received the 2020 Melbourne Cup Millinery Award. This COVID year has been the most challenging of all for milliners globally. Shoes as a Hat epitomises our feelings as our normal worlds have been turned upside down. A Milliner commented prior to the judging, "I love the ballet shoes hat. So clever and beautiful.” This certainly…

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Millinery Award Process With Louise Macdonald

Master Milliner and Educator, Louise Macdonald shares the inspiring process to create this magnificent hat that reached the Finals of the Oaks Day Millinery Award 2017. There is always a fascinating story behind the hat.

Photo: Richard Shaw



All your hats have an imaginative title, what did you label…

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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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Rosemary Kanko Arthur Interview

Milliner Rosemary Kanko Arthur truly believes “Through simplicity comes great Beauty” as she designs intricate and delicate headwear for customers in Ghana. Her love of nature, plants and flowers is reflected in all her designs with added sparkle and brilliance.



What do you love most about Millinery?


Making hats brings out my creativity and are simpler to…

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New Veiled Brim Perchers Course

Discover creative and practical millinery techniques to create a stunning headpiece that suspends gracefully over the face.
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Meet Your Tutor: Waltraud Reiner

Waltraud Reiner has inspired countless students to discover their own millinery passion.
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Hat Hints with Louise Macdonald

Spend time with Master Milliner and International Educator Louise Macdonald and gain practical hat making tips gained from 25+ years in the Millinery industry.
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New Distressed Felt Hats Course

Learn how to make contemporary Felt Hats as you freely hand mould the desired shape and distress to give your hats a true personality. 
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BOATER HATS COURSE

Capture Sophie Allport's passion for leather in your own millinery styling as you learn new techniques for modern materials.
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Behind The Hat: Cynthia Jones-Bryson

Congratulations to Cynthia Jones-Bryson who received the Top Award in the coveted Melbourne Oaks Day Millinery Award 2019, with this strikingly beautiful hat. As a second time winner of this Millinery Award, Cynthia is an affirmed master of feather finesse with her millinery styling.

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New Course: Buntal Trims

Manipulate robust buntal straw to create showstopping trims with a concealed sinamay edge on a blocked buntal beret.
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