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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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Behind the Hat: Anél Heyman

Beautifully handcrafted millinery created by New Zealand Milliner, Anel Heyman is celebrated again in 2021 with her recent first place award in the International HATalk Millinery Competition. Anel thrives on a challenge whether it be for a customer or a competition and shares with us what it takes to stay at the top.

With a background in art which basic design elements do…

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DIY MILLINERY STUDIO

Discover how the talented Bec Bayss transformed her old garage into a super millinery studio.

If something’s broken, you fix it right? Well not exactly broken but more like not working was how I used to describe my millinery workspace which was actually my kitchen island bench. A…

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New Cockades Course

Discover how to tailor cockades for an innovative headpiece or unique headband with Louise Macdonald.

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Sydney Sensational Showcase

An amazing team of milliners put their heads together to revitalise interest in millinery at this years Royal Easter Show in Sydney. The response of this creative and collaborative event proved to be positive and uplifting to milliners involved as well as visitors, which included the Premier of the NSW Government who was enthralled by the professional display. Bec Bayss shares how it…

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Magda Zgorska Interview

Poland is making its own fashion statement under the modern millinery label 'Expose Akcesoria' created by Magda Zgórska in Szczecin, Poland. Magda discovered her love for high fashion while living in Dublin and on return to Poland in 2011 established her own brand.

What do you love most about Millinery?

What I love about millinery is how fast you can make your…

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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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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: Angie Jackman

Congratulations to Angie Jackman whose headpiece caught the eye of judges at the 2020 Spring Carnival Millinery Award. This masterpiece received runner-up with inter-weaving of shape and colour to create such a unique work of art.

Perusing your millinery designs we are drawn to the geometrical line of all your work - simplistic with occasional feather or…

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New: 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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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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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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