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French Flower Making Course

Flowers are a favoured trim for headwear. This set of techniques will teach you how to tool silk and create your own French Flowers. All patterns are included in this course plus a detailed lesson on fabric stiffening. Now included with Hat Academy Studio subscription.

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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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Essential Classes For Less

Now included with the new Hat Academy Studio, learning the Millinery Essentials is at its best value. Convenient, instant access to a huge library of hat making skills will to help you succeed on your millinery journey. Join tutor and master milliner Elaine Mergard today!

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Milliner: Tara Kay

Tara Kay of Newcastle, Australia has always been creative so millinery was a natural transition alongside her love of fashion. Mastering new techniques through Hat Academy millinery courses has given her fresh opportunities to extend her styling and love of colour in all her Headwear. Browse through the latest collection from…

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Elisabeth Koch Interview

Elisabeth Koch chats about pursuing a millinery business in China and the challenges involved.

What do you love most about Millinery?

How visible this art form is.

How did you get into Millinery?

I always loved making things from as far back as I can remember. Clothes, furniture, houses for my Barbie dolls, to a…

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Hat Academy Studio

We are excited to announce our subscription service is now available! Access a collection of Hat Academy courses with monthly releases to help develop your creative skills. Commencing this month with the Millinery Essentials Course.

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Behind The Hat: Emma Files

Congratulations to Emma Files for receiving First Runner-up in the Millinery Association of Australia Student Design 2019 Competition. Discover the workings behind her her amazing "Urban Landscape" creation.



The title for the Design Award was 'Urban…

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JLo Concert Headpieces

Master Milliner and Hat Academy Tutor, Rebecca Share, never imagined in her wildest dreams that one day her headwear would be worn on stage by twenty plus performers for a major US production tour with superstar JLo. To make the most of the experience she flew to Las Vegas for the performance. Her Veiled Crowns have captivated the world, learn the fundamentals for this style in her…

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Milliner: Amy Fowler

Amy Fowler's success as a milliner and US Millinery Supplier, "Humbold Haberdashery” has stood her in good stead as an eCommerce Business mentor in her region of McKinleyville, California. Receiving her 'Certificate of Completion' through Hat Academy gave her added skills to venture further with the art of millinery. The originality of her work has astounded many with entries in international competitions. “I…

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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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MILLINERY PODCASTS

Find inspiration and business tips in our growing millinery podcast collection.

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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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Hat Week Australia 2019

Hat Week Australia first took place in 2018 to a resounding success. This year, HWA returns from the 5th-14th July. The week will be filled with new and exciting workshops from some of the most aspiring Milliners in Australia.



In addition to the workshops, there will also be other demonstrations, social functions and fun events (such as bus trips,…
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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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Lauren Ritchie Interview

Lauren Ritchie has been privileged to train in house under leading Melbourne Milliner and International Tutor, Louise Macdonald. Lauren's striking styling always has a touch of the dramatic, having made headwear for ABC “Miss Fischer Murder Mysteries” along with stage and opera productions. 

What do you love most about Millinery?

I love the process of…

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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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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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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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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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