Jenny Pfanenstiel, International Award Winning Couture Milliner and Owner of Formé Millinery, makes handmade hats for women, gentlemen and children. Her one-of-a-kind hats are created using age old techniques of steaming and blocking over hat blocks as a true Couture Milliner once did. In addition to using age old techniques, Jenny has mastered the art of hand manipulation of traditional and nontraditional millinery materials creating “sculptures” for the head. Jenny is a Milliner that creates hats for the modern person with an old soul.
As a milliner, she has become known for her dedication to quality and taking once admired materials and incorporating these pieces. “As a Couture Milliner, my goal is to make a person feel sensational in my hats. I want them to look into the mirror and feel transformed, almost as if they are one with the creation of the hat.”
You can find her collections in shops around the country and in magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, Mary Janes Farm, Vigore, Today’s Chicago Woman and Belle Armoire. Her hats have been featured on The Oprah Show and have been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama. You can see Jenny’s collections at local trunk shows and events, like during Cat Walk Friday’s at the Drake Hotel and the Mad Hatter Luncheons with the WAC and the Service Club of Chicago.
Jenny is on the Board of Directors for the Apparel Industry Board in Chicago, a member of the Milliners Guild in NY, and a two time winner of the Hatty Award (an International award given to Milliners).
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