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MILLINERY SUPPLIES - SINAMAY STRAW

Sinamay is the fibre of the leaves of an Abaca plant -  The fibre has been used for clothing, teabags and furnishings for many years. It was first marketed worlwide as Millinery straw in early 1990's. A great selection of coloured and printed machine woven pre-stiffened sinamay is available from both suppliers in the Hat Academy…

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CINEMA VINTAGE HATS

The 1930's were the "Golden Age of Hollywood" as cinema moved from silent movies to colour and sound. The legacy of these old movies is a record of the fashion of that era, including hat styles.
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FLORALS RETURN

When was the last time someone special in your life gave you a bunch of flowers?  Women love flowers - guys if you want to conquer her heart this you need to know.

What a better way to express your love of flowers but by wearing them.

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HATS & HAIR

The Duchess of Cambridge has adapted her hair style to suit her hat of the day. Should you determine the hairstyle first….or decide on the hat style and work hair challenge out once hat is complete. What are your hair tips especially if you have long hair like Kate?  

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STEPHEN JONES STUDIO VISIT

Stephen Jones shares how his clients have influenced his designing adding lightness, freshness, fantasy & elegance and chats why he'd love to craft a hat for Michelle Obama. Enjoy the latest from Stephen Jones on this video

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COCKTAIL HEADPIECES

Lynda has shared some of her pieces this week in PinBoard. Our favourite is this …

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RUFFLE SOME FEATHERS

Distinctive Accessories and Hatters Millinery Supplies have a great variety of feathers in many colours and styles. Check lesson requirements firstly in …

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FASCINATOR SIDE?

On which side do you wear a Fascinator or Headpiece. This Headpiece could be worn on either the right hand side or the left hand side. Which do you think is best? 

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BLOCKING FELT IN NEW YORK

In this video you will note some commercial methods of felt hat construction. The Milliner is using String instead of elastic – this was the system years ago before elastic was available. Vintage blocks often have a shallow gutter at base for this purpose.…

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THE ROYAL ASCOT

The official campaign images for Royal Ascot 2012 celebrate classic British style and feature hourglass gowns and domed hats by Stephen Jones, inspired by the glamour of 1950's Dior Haute couture.



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MY HAT SHOP

You can now sell your hats through Hat Academy. Simply log in to your profile, click edit on the "My Store" box and add information, photos, videos about your millinery business. Great to promote your website, Etsy store or…

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FEDORA HOMECOMING

The Fedora hat first appeared in late 1880s and was worn as a symbol of wealth. In the 1940s, gangster movies featured in fedoras, & the hat took on a different meaning. The Fashion catwalks are embracing the fedora for women's wear but…

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VINTAGE BRAID MACHINES

Hat Academy member Rose gives us a look at her Vintage braid machines collection, made 100+ yrs ago and still in working order. Rose has also shared photos of her hats which are Buckram based and she certainly…

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THE QUEEN AND I

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration took place this week with an array of beautiful hats on display. The queens milliner, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, reveals the secret to designing the perfect hat for Her Majesty.

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NEW PINBOARD

Do you have a Pin Board where you can pin up the latest happenings at your place? We now have a pinboard on Hat Academy to keep you in the know on all the latest activity in Hat academy.

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Fantastic Feathers

Hand made feathers using fabric or straw will enable you to co-ordinate the trim with component of your hat. Watch how to change shape & style of ordinary feathers.

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Binding with Variety

Finishing the edge of your Brim with a binding can be a feature of the final trim by co-ordinating or contrasting fabric or straw.

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Vintage Style Icon

The actress Doris Day was well know for her on screen romantic comedies in the 50s and 60s. Just as famous were the Swiss straw headwear creations she wore in some of her lead acting roles.

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Fedora homecoming

Milan Fashion Week 2012.  Giorgio Armani adds Fedoras to the Catwalk. It was hats, hats and more hats at the Giorgio Armani's runway show at 2012 Milan Fashion Week.

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Mad hatter - hat sayings

Many sayings use the humble hat to help express ourselves, though they should never taken literally especially "eat my hat". Potential source of fiber but hats are not recommended as a dietary replacement.

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