Whether a customer is looking for a mother of the bride hat or something spectacular for the Royal Ascot, Jane Alison Millinery's wide range of designs are sure to suit any event or millinery appetite. Light and airy brims and delicate feathered trims are a key trend in Jayne's designs. We can't help but love the glimpses of metallic that tie together this delicate white and teal piece transforming it from a beautiful hat to a standout piece of art.
Jayne's start to millinery came when she needed a suitable hat for a wedding she was attending and when he failed to find what she was looking for she decided to take matters into her own hands. From there her love affair with hats bloomed and we can't wait to hear more from Jayne about her experiences.
What do you love most about millinery?
The freedom to create something that reflects who I am but more so, who my clients are. When a reluctant Mother of the Bride comes to me and says "I don't suit hats" and a few weeks later leaves with a beaming smile - it's just so rewarding.
How did you get into millinery?
I always had a passion for hats from a very early age. However, when I was unable to find something suitable for my daughters wedding, I decided to make something. This resulted in making something for the mother of the groom too, along with a number of the guests. The compliments at the wedding and support from family gave me the push to enrol at college, which I did for 3 years. I knew instantly that I had finally found my vocation!
In a sentence tell us how you would describe your designs.
I like to think my designs are elegantly classy but with a contemporary twist.
What is your ideal customer?
Someone who is open to ideas and allows me the flexibility to create a piece that not only reflects their personality but also complements there outfit and occasion.
What inspires you?
I love the garden for colours and movement but programmes like Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge just amaze me - oh for the days when a lady wouldn't leave home without a hat.
If you could invite any milliner to tea who would it be?
The list is endless but probably Bridget Bailey. Her attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.
What is your favourite material to work with?
Overall would have to say sinamay but I love dyeing fabrics and my latest passion is thermosplastic.
What's your best millinery tip?
If something is driving you crazy, sleep on it. My best ideas often materialise in the middle of the night!
If you had to make your last hat what would it be?
Surprisingly a simple felt trilby style that I could wear on a regular basis without needing 'an occasion'.
Famous words to live by.
Never give up on your dream and believe in yourself.
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