CATHERINE ELLEN, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA – Featured Milliner

The Essential Hat is owned and run by Catherine Ellen, an international award winning milliner, who took over the business from its founder, Susan Drerup in 2013. The business has been operating since 1996.


The Essential Hat is a specialist hat shop stocking a comprehensive range of everyday and special occasion headwear for ladies and a wide selection of Panama hats for men, and is renowned for creating and providing award winning hats for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and in particular, the Melbourne Cup.


Catherine Ellen also welcomes students to hone their millinery skills and offers workshops including:

Foundation Jinsin

Make an Essesntial Hat

Focus and learn about Silk Abaca

Focus and learn about Petersham

Focus and learn about Feathers

Crinoline Flowers

Sisal Cap

+61 (03) 9530 2266


507 High Street,
Prahran East, 3181
Victoria, Australia

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