Hat Academy's Blog – February 2014 Archive (14)

MILLINER: CHARLIE GATES

Not every milliner has a muse who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. Such is the fortune for Charlie Gates who works in taxidermy artwork and fashion accessories and is acclaimed as one of the top in her field. Her assistant and muse is also her best model to wear many of her extraordinary master pieces. …

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MILLINER: FINKA MENDOCINO

Finka From Mendocina County, California wants the world to rediscover the most exciting fashion accessory on the planet – hats! Creating hats for theatre and in this case a pretty hat for a ballet is a great opportunity for Finka and many milliners but they always require some special techniques. It is essential the hats stay…

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MILLINER: MARGE IILANE

Experienced and very talented milliner Marge IIlane from Estonia shares her latest black and white range and has amazed us again. Everyone loves the universal houndstooth design but this technique and finish she has developed is sure to impress her clients. Houndstooth originated in Scotland, woven in wool and worn by…

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ALBUM: 1920S STYLE

Fashion designer who has crossed over into accessory and millinery design, Crazy Teapot shares this 1920s style Guipure lace headpiece with silk flowers and swarovski crystals.

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MILLINER: ATELIER CHAPEAU EGOISTE

In 2012, Denis and Svetlana Gulyaeva left Novosibirsk, Russia to study millinery in New York at Anya Caliendo’s couture millinery atelier.  Like all master milliners Anya imparted a new perspective on working techniques and design. All their work is hand stitched and they seek to make everyones wildest dreams come…

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MILLINER: HANNAH YOUNG

The ‘talk of the town' is Hannah Young who is the creative behind the “Rose Young Millinery “ label in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her hats and headpieces are worn by those in the Royal enclosure at Ascot and the choice of style for a recent MBE recipient. This ringed button style is having a revival as it was popular during…

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MILLINER: TRACY CHAPLIN

Tracy Chaplin is a couture milliner who like many was trained under Rose Cory, milliner to the late Queen Mother. Like many of Rose’s students she has become a internationally renowned milliner and for the last decade Tracy has worked with couturiers in Belgravia  designing hats for their aristocratic clientele. The precision…

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MILLINER: THE SISTERS BRIMM

With St Valentine’s Day this month this red candy hat is ready for the wearing not the eating. Such is the creativity of two fabulous milliners from Los Angeles who call themselves “The Sisters Brimm.” Each unique hat has a theatrical flair telling its…

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ALBUM: EXPRESS YOURSELF

Laura Hanlon loves hats as they are a "fab way to express yourself". See how she has used loops for expression in this album.…

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MILLINER: MELISSA RATH

With a background in dressmaking and tailoring for over 20 years Melissa Rath from New South Wales Australia has found a new passion in millinery. She has always recognised that the hat completes the outfit and she is doing just that with her wide range of skills. Taking the opportunity to learn here in…

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ALBUM: ICARUS MOURNING

This percher hat from Isabelle Nguyen is made from a variety of vintage materials. Black wool hand blocked hat base, 1930s feathered bird ornament, 1930s silk spider web patterned veiling, 1950s cotton spun cotton cherries from Germany, and 1950s black rose leaves from Germany.…

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DISCUSSION: SEWING MACHINES?

"What sewing machine is recommended by all you experienced milliners out there?"
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MILLINER: LYDIA WALL

Working in the leading London millinery houses of Stephen Jones, Noel Stewart, Edwina Ibbotson and Phillip Treacy has given Lydia Wall the confidence to establish her own label “Lydia Wall Millinery” at Crouch End, London. Her millinery journey started when she tried to repair her juggler’s bowler hat. To learn…

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MILLINER: TWISTS & TURNS

Every piece in Carrie Jenkinson's collection has a twist or turn no matter whether it is elegant, eccentric or ethereal. For someone who started just making fascinators, her training has since led to bigger things having caught the attention of the Royal Family and…

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