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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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Panama origins

Panama Hats are not as popular as they were in the 1950/60 era but they are still hand made in the traditional fashion. Made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant and woven by hand.

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Felt Facts

The Felt Hood in unblocked form has been pressed and manipulated in a centuries-old process using heat, water, and pressure to create the strongest, smoothest, most water-resistant natural fabric known.

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Beautiful Bows

Traditional yet timeless, bows can be redesigned as in this photo using the combination of fabric & straw to make a different bow. Check out the bow gallery for more examples.

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Meet the milliner

Elaine Mergard, the Hat Academy milliner and mentor, has had over 35 years of teaching students enabling each one to develop their unique creativity.  With a successful millinery career under her hat, her mission is to now help create the next generation of Milliners.

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