Elsie Collins
  • Female
  • Pawtucket, RI
  • United States

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  • Maggie Mowbray
  • Karen O'Flynn
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  • Elaine Mergard

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Orsini-Medici Couture Millinery's NEW website!!!

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Orsini-Medici Couture Millinery’s NEW website is finally up and running!!Everything you need to know about Millinery Workshops, our ABOUT page, all of the collections, blog, and a newsletter SIGN UP…Continue

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HatAcademy Marketplace

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hat Academy Oct 11, 2012. 1 Reply

I've just heard of this wonderful opportunity you are offering us milliners Elaine!!!  Thank you for all you do for us!!  I am very interested in adding my hats to HA listings.  Is there a fee per…Continue


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I Love Hats Because?
I adore hats because they are a blank canvas for creativity, and like snowflakes, no two are ever alike. They transform the wearer, and in my opinion, complete the outfit. They add just the right bit of panache!!
About Me
I am an award winning apparel/costume designer, milliner and teacher,(RI State Council on the Arts), and have 40 plus years of couture dress-making and design behind me. Twenty of those years were spent intermittently in the theater, making and designing costumes. I received my training at RISD in apparel design, and have served a 3 yr. apprenticeship to an Italian tailor in my earlier years. My mother, who was a master dressmaker,was my first teacher at the age of ten.
I have also been a brick and mortar shop owner for 8 yrs. in the college district in Prov., RI.(USA) I teach millinery, apparel design, pattern drafting, and related courses in my studio in N. Providence, RI, and create couture millinery under the label of Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery for my Etsy shop, Thistle Cottage Studio, and now my new second Etsy shop, Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery. The Orsini~Medici family crest logo, reflects my families heritage, which can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance.
Online retail at www.orsinimedici1951.etsy.com
Those interested in ongoing millinery classes,can reach me by email at thistlecottagestudio@gmail.com

Romance Novels!!

A whole new venue for hats and costumes has just opened up for Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery!!!  The Lady Almina cloche hat will be used on the cover of a romance novel, soon to be published in a series of books. I have also been asked by the same photographer to so a 4 piece Shaker costume for another book!!  I'm hoping this will be the beginnng of a very long term professional relationship!!

Andd many thanks to my dear friend, Diane Feen, for this tip of the hat in the August issue of HatLife online newsletter!!! 


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TOP 10 Hats Contest!!!

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 2:00pm 0 Comment

CAUTION: Hats Can Be Addictive!!!

This journey into hatmaking has become the new joy of my life in my later years!! Who knew, that I had yet another phase, a totally new path to follow after over 40 years of designing and sewing apparel and costumes for…

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Elaine Mergard said…

Welcome to Hat Academy Elsie. I have noticed your pieces on Mad Hatters. I hope this site inspires you. I am working on a cloche today with the feature being one of those leather flowers in the newsletter. Will post pic when finished. Happy Hatting!  
Feel free to share your hat or headpiece creations, join in or start a hatters discussion and add your info to the My Store panel above. Remember online help is a click away. To begin with Lessons check out our Get Started page. I am looking forward to sharing Millinery techniques, ideas and fashion news with you.

Enjoy, Elaine.

Maggie Mowbray said…

Hi Elsie, good to see you're here too, how is life?

Maggie Mowbray said…

Hi Elsie,

Sounds like you have had some varied projects on the go.  I personally would never 'boil' a felt, vintage or otherwise, hot water and steam would be enough and a good stiff brush afterwards! let me know how you get on with it!

I've been working on a lot of bridal pieces and have 2 bridal fairs coming up, I do like making bridal pieces, they are very girly!

I am also finishing some pieces as I'll be working with my lovely MUA and photographer again at the start of next month and shooting some cocktail hats and lots of vintage veiling!

As always very busy and loving what I do for a living!


Edie orenstein said…
Hi Elsie - nice to connect here too!!!

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