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MILLINER: GRÁINNE MAHER

Setting the pace for innovative millinery design in Northern Ireland is Belfast Milliner, Gráinne Maher. Working from her Studio at the ‘Refinery’ she produces elegant headwear with a perfect finish destined for wedding or race day glamour. Constantly venturing into new materials and techniques every piece Gráinne creates is unique with cutting edge styling, many displaying her mastery with leather. Grainne…

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Behind The Hat: Christopher Julian Garner

Be inspired by the astounding creativity and technical skills of UK Milliner, Chris Garner. Chris takes us into his enchanted world of ‘Wild Garden’ which was chosen for the X Terrace display, during London Hat Week '19.

The title of your headpiece is ‘Wild Garden.’ How did you develop your idea?

Wild Garden actually came to me…

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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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MILLINER: SOLVITA

For Solvita of Latvia, millinery flower making is her whole life. Her true passion is realised in this statement - "Silk is not just a fabric - it's a whole culture, the history of which is more than a thousand years old.” This delicate natural fabric is the basis of all her flowers as she moulds, styles and colour tints each petal to become an exquisitely…

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Behind The Hat: Laura Del Villaggio

Millinery Competitions with a theme can prove to be a challenge and restrictive, but that is what brings out the best of our ability in design and technique. Congrats to US Milliner Laura Del Villaggio who proved she could achieve a great outcome for the recent HATalk International Competition,…

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Royal Ascot Style Guide 2019

Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance. This is upheld by our Dress Code, which invites guests to contribute to an occasion heralded as a major fashion event in its own right. The Royal Ascot Style Guide 2019 is to advise and inspire guests with what to wear to the Royal Meeting in June.

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Which stiffener should I use?

Experiment to find what is best for you and what is available depending on where you live. Following are a few tips and suggestions you can use use on felts or straws or fabric, but always experiment and test firstly. Please take care in handling all stiffeners, refer to manufacturer safety information for potential hazards and first aid measures.

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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, information on how to sell at markets 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. Once activated, find The…

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Irene Yip Interview

Hong Kong Milliner Irene Yip has had an interest in fashion and creative crafts for many years and discovering Millinery when she was working in creative media was a perfect transition in her career. Irene has embraced traditional millinery blocking techniques with a delicate handmade touch to all her trims and flowers. Discover her millinery journey.

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MILLINERY AWARD 2018

Explore the breathtaking pieces from the 2018 Millinery Awards.

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Milliner: Donna Hartley

Donna Hartley Millinery has the perfect balance of Parisian chic, Spanish culture and that Quintessential British style…. but Donna does it all amongst the idyllic mountains of Murcia, Spain. She finds such happiness in the creative process of millinery and this exuberance for millinery and life flows through with all her designing. For Donna, with 20+ years of millinery experience there are no boundaries,…

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Charmaine Mitchell Interview

What do you love most about millinery?

I like how hats and headpieces evolve during the making. When I am making them I will often have ideas that can change and improve the original idea.

How did you get into millinery?

I decided I wanted to make my own hat for Royal Ascot. My first DIY hat was quite nice, but I realised that I couldn’t execute my…

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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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Milliner: Katrina Dare

On an isolated cattle station in North Western Queensland, the managers wife of the 'Lord Cattle' Station has discovered her true passion - Millinery. Fashion on the Field at country race meets inspired Katrina Dare to start creating her own headwear. Discovering millinery courses online with Hat Academy has enabled her to…

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Kelly Hill Interview

Mastering a perfect finish is essential for Milliner, Kelly Hill even when she allows the artist within to sculpture and reconfigure the straws, crinoline and feathers. Marketing under her Label "Kelly Louise Designs” she works from her studio in Cairns, North Queensland with her headwear in demand locally and beyond.



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MILLINER: SUSANA MATTANÓ

Meet Susana Mattanó, a University Professor in Visual Arts in Rosario, Argentina. Millinery the “Art of the Heart” caught her eye. Driven by her passion for needlecraft since her childhood and now her academic creative profile, Susa discovered Hat Academy online and completed the…

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Victoria Jane Interview

Victoria Jane of Melbourne may be extremely busy preparing headwear for the upcoming Melbourne Cup Season but it is the uniqueness and elegance of each piece that sustains her passion. She can’t wait to see the smile of gratitude on her clients face as her special headpiece or hat gives the simplest of outfits a fresh sparkle this Spring. 

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MILLINER: DESIGNS BY TONY

The Kentucky derby is all about big, beautiful hats and if there is one brand that fits the bill it's Designs By Tony. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Designs by Tony draws inspiration from the local churchgoing ladies. Tony's designs are highly sought after for Oaks, Kentucky Derby and other major race days…

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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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MICHAELA TEMPERLI INTERVIEW

Imagine living and working as a milliner just down the road from the Tressa Swiss braid factory and a Swiss Silk weaving mill. Michaela Temperli simply drives half an hour to select product she needs for her beautiful array of headwear she offers to her clients. The Swiss Alps are alive with beautiful chapeau she is creating in her county retreat! 

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