ADORN HATS, Harrogate, UK

Jenny Roberts from Adorn Hats is a successful Harrogate based Milliner. She designs and makes unique bespoke hats and headpiece’s as well as running a hat hire business from her studio. Jenny can cover all aspects of millinery working with; felt, straw, sinamay, veiling, fabric covered shapes, dyeing of materials, handmade flowers and bead work. She can also run courses on a range of different aspects of hat making; blocking, creation of fascinators, headpieces, cocktail hats, bridal, perchers, pill boxes, wedding hats and hats for the races.

Current courses on offer:

Fabulous Fascintors

Freeform Sinamay Headpiece

Sparkly Party Piece

Traditionally Blocked Percher

Creative Cocktail Hat

For more information or details of other courses please contact Jenny on 01423 816511 or email:





Bridget Bailey produced her first collection for Jean Muir in 1984. Customers include Liberty, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Saks Fifth Avenue. With a degree in textiles and training with royal milliner Rose Cory, Bridget has a wealth of experience and specialist techniques.

Students can make a piece from start to finish or study a technique. Bridget offers private tuition at the studio for individuals or small groups of up to four.

Hand colouring straw and sinamay
Hand rolling
Embossing and wiring for flower making
Filigree work
Silk fruit
Working with crin

Bridget Bailey, BAILEY TOMLIN, 38A Southwell Road, London, SE5 9PG

Contact:, Tel: 020 7274 9588



ISSY B, London, UK

Issy B is a London-based milliner. She designs and makes unique bespoke hats, fascinators and hair accessories. She works in a range of materials including sinamay, felt and straw. Her work is particularly inspired by 1930s to 50s fashion. She adores all things vintage and collects vintage trimmings for the pieces she makes. Possessing a background in museum studies she finds much of her inspiration in museum and gallery collections as well as the world around her.
Issy B is an experienced workshop facilitator and is happy to offer ‘Fabulous Fascinator’ workshops for hen, birthday or special occasion events. All materials will be provided. Issy B can facilitate parties of a minimum of 10 participants at your chosen venue. Prices start at £35 per person.






Judy Bentinck set up her own label in 2002. Originally named "Portland Hats", she has recently re-branded as "Judy Bentinck" to emphasize the exclusivity of her product.
She gained her degree in printed textiles at Liverpool College of Art, then later moved into the world of costume design, working for the RSC, the BBC and the Royal Opera House.
Judy made her first hat while teaching costume design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and her passion for the exciting sculptural aspects of millinery led her to train with Rose Cory - Royal Warrant Holder and world renowned teacher.

Private tuition for those with some experience, Tuesday evenings by arrangement. Please contact Judy directly:

Options for working with parisisal straw

Cockpit Arts Holborn, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP

Have fun with feathers, fabrics and trimmings in the company of couture milliner Judy Bentinck, and pick up some theatrical gossip along the way!
This practical course is suitable for beginners, and will introduce you to a variety of techniques for creating small cocktail hats or headpieces to your own design. Materials are included. You will learn how to:

  • make your own fascinator base from scratch
  • explore design and the use of colour
  • work with millinery fabrics, veiling, combs and headbands
  • experiment with feathers, trimmings and traditional millinery stitches





JUSTINE BRADLEY-HILL, Addingham, West Yorkshire, UK

 Justine has over 20 years design experience and ten years millinery practise; a highly qualified teacher offering group millinery workshops and bespoke one-one tuition. Justine has also devised and led projects and workshops with Leeds City Art gallery, Lotherton Hall, Bolton Archive and Museum, The Mercier Gallery Harrogate, The Discovery Centre Leeds and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Some of the many techniques I teach:

Tooled silk flower making

Leather Flower making

Hand blocked felt from design to completion

Hand blocked sinamay from design to completion

Hand blocked straw from design to completion

Fabric covered hats and headpieces

Working with Jinsin

Dying Techniques

Feathers, trims and traditional millinery stitches

Classes run from 9.30 am- 4pm.
Classes are taught to a maximum of 4 students in order to give individual attention.

Bespoke one-one private tuition is £150 plus materials

See more at:


M 07962177733




VALERIE CORONA, Millinery Closet, Luton, UK

Venue: Walter Wright Hat Manufacturer Luton

Established since 1889, Walter Wright's hat factory has been involved in the making of quality ladies hats for over 300 years. The only one of its kind left in the UK!

Rich of history, the venue is a great source of inspiration with its industrial atmosphere. 

During week days a team of 8 people are still occupied with the creation, production and distribution of quality hats commissioned by some of the most prestigious UK department stores.... and preserve the tradition of hat making in Luton.

The "trimming room" is where the "Millinery Closet's" hat classes take place in a bright and open atelier where an old trimmer's bench is featured as a central piece alongside hats, feathers, crin, making the room an ideal working/learning space.

Individual tuition available email Valerie to enquire:

Current courses offered:
Louise Hat (Fur felt cloche)
Gatsby Hat (Parasisal straw cloche)
Greta Hat (Fur felt percher)
Marlene (Freeform Blocking)






Abigail Crampton offers couture millinery for special occasion wear, hats, fascinators and bridal headwear from her garden studio in Cambridge and has been doing successfully over the last 11 years.
Abigail is able to offer workshops and classes for groups of up to 12 people. No sewing experience is required – Abigail will guide you through the design and construction processes, you can work from a design or unleash your inner creativity. From £40 per person.

Abigail Crampton Millinery .
8 Worts Causeway,
CB1 8RL.

01223 245073.




Sue Crowle has been a theatrical milliner for nearly 23 years and is currently a milliner for the Welsh National Opera whom she has worked with for 19 years.

Sue is happy to offer her services to anyone looking for a millinery tutor. She is based in Cardiff but also willing to travel.

Contact Sue: 0292 0485866 or 07775982697



AUDREY DOHERTY MILLINERY, Derry City, Northern Ireland

Audrey Doherty studied Millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London under Kristen Scott and visiting tutors such as Rachel Skinner, Andrew Bristow, Caroline Morris, Julie Rook and Jane Smith, as well as Jane’s Summer Theatrical Millinery courses.  Audrey’s first Millinery teacher was Chloe Belcham, whose methods and techniques were strictly traditional.

Until 2010 Audrey ran her business from Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium designing and making for private clients and high-end bridal salons and boutiques, running group and one-to-one Millinery and Silk Flower making workshops and demonstrations and undertaking theatrical millinery commissions. Some of Audrey’s more quirky commissions include designing fabric covers for the British Masters Golf Tournament 2006, repairing antique textiles and re-creating model Jordan’s wedding tiara for the Little Britain photo shoot in Heat Magazine Christmas 2005 issue. The tiara was used again in OK Magazine and Channel 4’s ‘Star Stories’ in 2008.  She currently resides in Derry City, Northern Ireland where she continues to teach workshops and design for private clients, brides and theatre. 

Courses: Basic Blocking and Couture Finishing Techniques - Straw Hood
Basic Blocking and Couture Finishing Techniques - Felt Hood
Basic Blocking and Couture Finishing Techniques – Sinamay
Soft Hats
Covered Shapes
Block Making
NB: Basic hand sewing skills is a prerequisite for all of the above.
Silk Flower Making
Millinery Talks and Demonstrations

Tel: 0044(0)7535350702
Web profile:
New website currently under construction. [Photography: Rossa O'Dowd]



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RACHEL DREWER, Tichborne, Hampshire, UK

Former City career girl and Physics graduate Rachel Drewer moved from Chelsea to rural Hampshire in 2009 and has since pursued her dream of becoming a milliner.  Rachel now designs and creates fabulous ladies’ hats for special occasions from her studio in an old fishing hut on the banks of the River Itchen, accompanied by her beloved black Labrador Frank.  Rachel’s work has featured on, in YOU Magazine and Country Life, and she has given interviews to the BBC on racing fashion.

Types of courses: 

Blocking and finishing hats in sinamay, straw and felt

Creative feather trimming techniques

Contemporary silk flower making

Fascinator parties for birthdays and hen parties

Studio days: discover the rural idyll of Rachel’s millinery studio and all the many possibilities it inspires.  Spend a day with Rachel one-to-one, learning millinery skills and techniques, and exploring designs and materials.  Let your imagination lead you.  Whether you want to make a headpiece or a hat, this is the perfect way to gain a foundation in millinery or to explore a particular discipline.  Price £125 per person per day with basic materials included.

Rachel Drewer, studio in Tichborne, near Alresford, Hampshire. Image: © Adrienne Photography.

Contact:, Tel: 07887531755



BOBBI HEATH, Worcester, UK

Bobbi is City and Guilds trained, level 2, 3 and Diploma. She has done a placement with Stephen Jones and  then with Noel Stewart. In her home studio just outside Worcester, Bobbi makes all sorts of hats for private clients. She loves making and creating, every hat is unique.

If you would like to learn how to make couture hats Bobbi gives individual and group tuition in her studio in the Worcestershire countryside.

Bobbi can cover all aspects of millinery, felt, straw, sinamay, fabric covered shapes, leather – in fact any material you may wish to work with. A day or a series of days can be tailor made to the individuals requirements.

A range of different aspects of hat making can be covered, fascinators, hatinators, pill boxes, perchers, wedding hats, show hats, theatrical hats and so on. All materials can be supplied, unless something specific is required, in which case you may wish to bring your own. Materials are charged extra to any tuition cost.

A day is usually from 10.00 until 4.00 with tea and coffee throughout and a light lunch included.

Days can be organized to suit you. Perhaps you are an existing milliner wanting to hone a few skills. It could be you want to learn the art of hat making with a view to it becoming a business. Maybe you are a small group of girls or boys wanting a day out doing something entirely different or a hen party wanting to make hatinators for the wedding.

Email: Tel: 01905 345640  Web:





Katty Janneh designs and makes hats for special occassions. Her hats have a modern vintage style with touches of glamour.

Katty runs 6-week evening classes from her studio in South London. Suitable for beginners, the course will show you how to create your very own hats and headpieces using traditional millinery methods. You will also learn how to make your own trimmings to make your hats unique to you (Cost from £65 excluding materials).

Katty also runs weekend workshops. With expert tuition you will experience a short, sharp, but really sweet course on making your very own hat! The course is suitable for total beginners, but basic sewing skills will come in handy. Costs £165 (including materials, trimmings, hat box and refreshments.

Katty Janney, Studio TW43 Trinity Wharf, Second Floor Studios, Mellish Industrila Estate, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR.

Tel: 07776 289906 / email:



LENETTE ISKO, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UKLenette

My name is Lenette Isko, and I live in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. I took up millinery after taking early retirement from an office job, and took several training courses to perfect my techniques. Most recently with Rose Cory who was the Queen Mother’s milliner.

I now run courses to make Fascinators, Hats and Hairclips. One Day Fascinator Workshops including all materials cost £75

For more information email   Telephone:  01452 830129

9 The Napping, Longhope, Gloucester, GL17 0QW




Diane Ferris is a successful milliner and experienced millinery teacher. She enjoys passing on her knowledge of hat making and has assisted “A” level students on courses with an interest in pursuing a career in fashion and design as well as offering demonstrations to local Women’s Institutes and Towns Women’s Guilds.
Diane is also willing to teach hat making on a one to one basis to any ladies wishing to make a hat for themselves (either for a special occasion or for everyday wear).  Anyone interested in learning how to make a hat can contact Diane .

The Hat Box, 1 Firecrest Way, Spennells, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 4TF

Telephone: 01562 67875
Mobile: 07974 803294





Flore, based in Watford, is an experienced Milliner and teacher with her own brand Bootcharms Designs making a whole range of accessories including hats, jewellery, scarves, and bags.

Flore recently finished a commission for the cast of a Musical film set in 1930, soon to be aired on Sky Asian Channel and The London Film Festival as well as the USA, Australia and Europe.

Please book at least 10 days in advance. Class sizes from 5 to 15 per workshop.

Courses prices start at £65+
Flore is also willing to travel to surrounding areas; Barnet, Harrow and Camden at a fee of £150 per day 


Bootcharms Designs
13 Durham Road
Herts WD6 1RP
Mob: 07940 285 416 / 07508 267 597 Email:

Introduction to Basic Hat Making

Introduction to Intermediate Hat Making Class

Introduction to Advanced Hat Class

Flore’s hat making courses also introduce IP, Copyright Law & Design Rights.

Flore is also now running 3.5hr evening workshops on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (between 5.30 - 9.30pm)

For Hobbyists & 50+

Revamp an old hat, learn sewing techniques for millinery, how to make your own mounts, how to block a hat, design and planning how to decorate, use of wire in hats and petersham or leather and finish the product professionally




Jane Fryers designs and makes hats for film, cabaret and fashion shoots as well as for special occasions and everyday wear. Jane studied millinery at The London College of Fashion and then with Rose Cory, the late Queen Mother's milliner. In 2004 she was a finalist in the HAT Magazine's Designer of the Year Competition. Then in 2005 Jane won a £3,200 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). Her Scholarship enabled her to take a series of intensive courses on traditional millinery skills at Kensington and Chelsea College and continue her studies with Rose Cory.
Since winning her Scholarship Jane has been awarded first prize in the Italian Cappelli nel Mondo and second prize in the Feltmakers Design Competition. Both pieces were part of her Rechauffé Collection - making hats from recylced materials.

Jane is available to teach and you can contact her in any of the following ways.

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7973 346 613


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HATSONHEADS are located at The Artisan Design Studio in Lincoln. The modern and contemporary studio is used by Fashion Designers Angela Coupe and Carol Robinson for designing and making Accessories for their fashion Label HATSONHEADS.

Contact: Angela and Carol:
Studio 6/8 The Artisan Design Studio, St John’s Workshop, Caistor Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln LN4 2TA
Tel: 01522 529165
Web :

 IN2Hatmaking - Couture Millinery Course

IN2Hatmaking - Fun Designer Hat making courses.

Hat making days/Hat making Hen days are also available to be held in the comfort of your own home just invite your friends and Angela and Carol will come too you!




Adrienne is a Reading-based milliner who creates bespoke hats and headpieces from the exotic and eccentric to the more traditional styles. When you can’t find that perfect hat for that big occasion, commission a design that’s perfect for you and your outfit.

Adrienne draws inspiration from the personality of the person commissioning the headpiece to truly create a unique design.

Adrienne has been sewing and designing clothes for over 30 years and has combined her passion for sewing with her love of headwear and her many years of teaching to offer hat-making workshops that teaches you basic millinery skills in a fun environment. These workshops are perfect for groups including hen parties and birthday parties, and are offered in half-day and full-day options.

Learn how to make a headpiece, cloche or how to block your own pillbox hat and take your own masterpiece home.

Adrienne Henry Millinery, 26 Harris Arcade, Reading, RG1 1DN
Tel: 0118 9504421





LISA HORLOCK, Herefordshire, UK

Having always been a keen needleworker, Lisa Horlock decided to hone these skills and her creativity into something more specific.  After training at the Womborne School of Millinery, Lisa set up her hat making business at home in Herefordshire and has never looked back.

Lisa is available as a teacher to run one-day fascinator courses in your local village hall or on a one-to-one basis.

Lisa Horlock, Portgate, Kimbolton, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0HQ
Telephone: 01568 613878 Mobile: 07801 662828





TERRI IVEY, Stafford, UK

Terri Ivey, a milliner based in Staffordshire, has been designing and making hats and fascinators for 10 years.  Her passion for hat making has led Terri to undertake extensive training, including study at Wombourne School of Millinery and with Rose Cory, milliner to the Queen Mother.
Terri also spent several months in the workroom of one of this countries leading hat makers perfecting the skill of trimming hats..

Terri offers one day fascinator workshops and two day hat making courses at her shop in Stafford town centre. Suitable for absolute beginners, the course will show you how to create your own hats and headpieces using traditional millinery methods. Usually taking place on the first weekend of each month, contact Terri for more details or to book your place.

41 Mill Street
ST16 2AJ
Call: 07733432100 / 01785 244145Email:



MILLY MANGO, Stockport, UK

Milly mango is a small Stockport millinery company making bespoke headwear.  We offer workshops at the Hatworks Museum in Stockport. You only need basic sewing skills and all materials and equipment will be provided. Choose from a 2 or 5 hour workshop at a cost of £25 or £50 per session. At the end of every class each student will go home with a individual headpiece.

Milly Mango also arrange individual  tuition at their workshop in Romiley Stockport, where you can learn a wide range of millinery skills. Half day rates from £40 and Full day from £85.

For more info and to book your place phone or email Barbara on 0161 4278397 / 07764187343  or email




CAROLINE MORRIS, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

Caroline Morris is an established hat designer who has worked with top couturiers and stores both here and abroad.
Caroline taught for 19 years at Kensington and Chelsea College running a wide variety of accredited courses and workshops as well as at The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Wallace Collection. Caroline has been Artist in Residence at Luton Museum and at Kensington Palace during an exhibition of the Queens Hats and Handbags.

Caroline has recently moved from London to St. Leonards on Sea. She runs weekly workshops and bespoke courses in her wonderfully equipped studio which is converted from a joinery workshop thus having massive windows, space and extraordinary atmosphere. International students are very welcome with delightful accommodation available at a boutique B and B a few minutes away.


A wide variety of courses are available as well as tailor made ones. Caroline can also entertain at hen parties in London or in her studio.
Beginners and more advanced students welcome.
Introduction to millinery - a beginners course covering felt and sinamay.
Working with felt
Manipulating fur felt 
Sinamay headpiece
Sinamay hats
Feather headpiece
Silk pillbox with trimming
Bridal headpiece
Bridal pillbox with trimming

1 Mecatoria Place, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 ODF
Phone: 01424 722262

[picture: courtesy of Hastings Observer]





Originally from New Zealand Andrew McDonald trained in millinery design at the Royal College of Art. He also paints and makes ceramics as well as presenting art performances involving costumes and props.

Millinery Classes

Andrew holds monthly weekend courses in hat making. With a maximum of six students in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere the courses focus on blocking shapes in felt and straw. Once you have a base you can trim it in any way you desire using feathers, fabric, ribbons and other more unconventional materials.

Andrew has plenty of experience with the unusual, having made hats for couture shows in Paris and London as well as editorial pieces for Dazed and ID Magazines. From hats made of resin set hair to plastic bubbles shimmering with crystals. However if a more wearable hat is what you want then bring on the bows and flowers.

On the course you will learn how to make a hat of your own design as well as pick up all sorts of tips for maintaining and updating any old hats you have.


Andrew is also able to offer other dates for parties of more than two and has had a lot of success with Hen Parties.

Studio F4, The Chocolate Factory, N16 Farleigh Place, London N16 7XS





Thomas von Nordheim’s background is traditional bespoke tailoring and ladies fashion design. He got into studying the millinery craft with theatrical hatter legend Jane Smith after she made some hats for one of his fashion shows. For the last decade he then took private master classes from old school French milliner par excellence Marie O’Regan, milliner by appointment to H.M. The Queen to get to learn the tricks of the trade.

Besides teaching specialised millinery courses at London College of Fashion, Thomas runs a successful business manufacturing Haute Couture garments and hats for private clients.

Visit the website for details of upcoming workshops and book your place.

Thomas von Nordheim, Studio W6 Cockpit Arts, Northington Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 2NP. Tel: 07828 901113






Holly O’Hara - teacher of millinery in Glasgow.

Contact number 07880 903803





Sonia Pascoe founded Ribbons & Bows in 1989. Soon a shop was opened in West Sussex and Sonia quickly realised that her creative talent to produce innovative & unusual designs was much in demand.
Since then, Sonia has turned her talent to creating a range of stunning hats using a selection of Italian feathers and Sinamay - from floral displays, to creations as outrageous as you can dream up and is keen to share her skills with you. Sonia promises a great day, a super lunch and you can leave with something that you are proud of.

Sonia is available as a tutor and if you would like to find out more you can contact her.

Tel: 07884 187233




Beth Paton of Madame B's Boutique studied Millinery at the London College of Fashion, but she began her creative studies as an undergraduate in Illustration and Animation. Her work is strongly influenced by film culture and fashion illustration from the mid-20th century, and she collects vintage fabrics and trimmings to use in her pieces. She designs and makes bespoke hats, fascinators and fabric flowers for weddings and other special occasions. She is based in Oxfordshire, but travels around the South East and Midlands for wedding fairs and events. Workshops include:

Simple Fascinators
Fabric Flowers
Floral Crowns
Cocktail Hats

Bookings for hen parties and other celebrations are also welcome.

Visit for more details, or email





My name is Shelagh Picton and I run a small millinery business called Hats by Sheber in St Helens, Merseyside.
I have taken many workshops and courses having individual tuition, with tutors including Louise Brooks of Hats from the Hall and most recently Rose Cory Milliner to the Late Queen Mother and World renowned teacher and milliner. 

I now run workshops - 'Fascinator in a Day' and 'Silk Flower Making'.

Cost of workshops £65 
Workshops include materials and refreshments.  Maximum of 4 students
Hen Parties can be catered for.

I also arrange individual tuition.

For more information contact Shelagh at: 01744811292 / 07866378297




Louise lives and creates from the beautiful Hidcote Manor Gardens deep in the picturesque Cotswolds. Louise works with the freedom of fusing traditional styles and techniques with her desire for a contemporary twist in exciting new ways of bespoke making.

Personal recreational tuition can be one to one or in small groups for beginners, intermediates or advanced.

Louise teaches a wide range of millinery techniques using felt, sinamay, straw and buckram As well as finishing details such as hand painted silk and fabric flowers, ribbonwork, corsages and feather dying and manipulation.

Location is not an issue for those wishing to study millinery as Louise also runs an online millinery course accredited through the City and Guilds that is available worldwide.

Louise also participated this year as part of three person panel to review the whole City and Guilds course and is therefore extremely well placed to know personally and academically what is needed for those looking to study long term.

For information about tuition or upcoming workshops please contact Louise on  or 07725 419143
twitter: @titfatat
facebook:  Louise Pocock Millinery




Designer Sally-Ann Provan creates modern millinery and accessories which are deliciously timeless, witty and elegant, for clients across the world. Sally has shown for two seasons at London Fashion Week, and has shown in the USA and Australia. She is Scottish Opera’s milliner and has also been commissioned by The BBC and Scottish Ballet. Sally's work and inspirations are featured in two books and regularly featured in the press.

Sally is the Millinery and Accessories lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, teaching part-time on the Fashion B.A.(Hons) course, Fashion MA, and the Performance Costume B.A.(Hons) course.

From her fully equipped Edinburgh studio she teaches her own ½-day workshops, evening classes and 2-day workshops in-

· Hand-blocked Straw Hats, from design to completion

· Hand-blocked Felt Hats, from design to completion

· Feather and Sinamay Headpieces, techniques and colour

· Beaded Headpieces, working with wire

· Ladies Day Hat

Places are strictly limited to ensure full support. One-to-one tuition can also be arranged for those wishing a more specialist learning experience. Some of our ½-day workshops can also be booked as Hen Parties.


Tel: 07931 773410

Skyline Studios, Beaverhall House, 27 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh, EH7





A New Zealander by birth, Helen came to the UK in 1980. Helen’s passion for hats led her to train as a milliner in 2003 and has been running her own couture millinery business since then.
Helen designs and makes a stylish range of women’s couture hats and petite creations. She combines traditional millinery techniques with innovative designs and unconventional trimmings.
Helen offers millinery tutorial, ranging from ‘a hat in a day’ to full week courses from her home studio. Please contact Helen for further information.
Foxearth Cottage, 4 The Row,, Easthope, Nr. Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DW
Telephone - 01746 785140
Mobile - 07977 116 476
E-mail -




“The trouble with the world today, is that people aren’t wearing enough hats!” (Monty Python).


Come and learn, laugh and be inspired by the joys of millinery at the Haughty Hats studio within the wonderful location of ‘The Ropewalk’ in Barton upon Humber.

Discover your inner-milliner with a 1, 2 or 3 day course in traditional blocking, construction and finishing techniques for hats and fascinators in felt, parasisal straw, rustic straw, silk and sinamay. Fun workshops exploring trimming techniques and Hen party hat making days.

Courses run at various times during the week including daytime, evening and weekend sessions. City & Guilds Millinery, Level 2 is held throughout the year on a flexible study plan, part distance learning and part time in school. Please see our website for full details.

Haughty Hats Millinery School, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT.

For more information contact Rosalie Marwood-Mellor
Phone: 01652 662051 / 07428 654825 Email:




Claire Spooner is a professional milliner with a studio in Pateley Bridge. Claire studied HNC Millinery at Leeds College of Art & Design and has been making hats since 2008, launching bespoke millinery business "Quaintrelle" in 2010. Claire caters particularly for the wedding market but also has a love of period millinery styles. An enthusiastic tutor, Claire enjoys sharing her passion for hats through talks, demonstrations and workshops. Some feedback on Claire's teaching: "inspirational",  "relaxed, informal, great demonstrations", "easy to understand and help was always at hand".

Courses offered:

Claire runs Hen Party workshops from the North Yorkshire town of Boroughbridge, choose either fascinator-making or feather-corsage making with either a brunch or afternoon tea provided as part of your package. Great fun for all ages and no experience needed!

Claire is also available to run half-day workshops for your group/venue, making fascinators or blocking a mini cocktail hat. 

Contact: 01423 714893 / / Quaintrelle, Unit 11, King Street Workshops, Pateley Bridge North Yorkshire HG3 5LE





London based milliner Jane Taylor has rapidly caught the attention of the British press with her distinctive hand crafted headwear. Having trained under the Queen's milliner Marie O'Regan, Jane Taylor launched her first collection in 2008 and now works from her beautiful design studio in Fulham, dressing women for Weddings, Races & Special Occasions.

Jane Taylor quickly created a sensation, with celebrity clientele and members of the Royal Family choosing Jane’s designs, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Amanda Wakeley. Jane Taylor's millinery is breathtakingly unique; each piece is individually hand crafted using an extravagant array of delicate feathers, highly sought after silks, distinctive pearls and Swarovski crystals.

All hold a highly unique and contemporary feel that is dramatic and theatrical.

Exciting news! Due to the amount of requests Jane will be offering her first millinery workshops!
To be held at:
Jane Taylor Millinery
3 Filmer Mews
75 Filmer Rd

+44 (0) 208 392 2333





Ani is a theatrical milliner and costume maker with 10 years experience, having trained at Wimbledon College of Art, part the University of Arts.  She also has skill and experience in metal-smithing, dyeing, knitting, prop making, teaching and supervision. Ani specialises in period, theatre, ballet and unusual millinery and wire work. She predominantly works freelance for theatre and film productions and is resident milliner at Welsh National Opera.
Ani has taught at Wimbledon College of Art and Coleg Morgannwg, both award winning costume BA courses. Ani also runs courses from her studio in Bristol. These include:

3 DAY MILLINERY INTRODUCTION. With a focus on getting a good grounding in millinery, plus learn tricks to be able to make hats without too much expensive equipment.

HAT IN A DAY. Make a simple cocktail hat in a day

FASCINATOR PARTIES. Perfect for hens, team building or group adventures to the races.

STUDIO DAYS. Students who have studied with Ani on either her own introductory courses or have completed similar introductions elsewhere are able to attend studio days, where students can work upon their own projects with use of Ani's facilities and advice.


For more information and dates, please see website:




Dillon Wallwork is a London hat designer who creates high quality bespoke hats and couture headpieces. A prominent milliner for over 25 years, Dillon specialises in contemporary hat design to suit the elegant and sophisticated woman.

From his South West London Artelier he offers bespoke one to one tuition in the art of millinery. Courses are tailored to suit the needs of the individual and cover a wide variety of techniques including working with felt, sinamay and straw.

Courses start from £200 a day. Please telephone 07870824384 or email him at to discuss your specific requirements.

DillonWallwork Bespoke Hats, Unit 10,TownmeadBusiness Centre, WilliamMorris Way, Fulham, London, SW6 2SZ

M. 07870824384, EMAIL.





Alva Wilson of ALVA HEAD WEAR, specializes in hats for men and women and has been making, designing and teaching for 25 years. His work combines traditional millinery techniques mixed with a contemporary edge. Straws, felts and an array of luxurious fabrics are, swirled, twirled, twisted and pleated into hat creations, that evokes elegance, confidence, wit and charm. He is a sculptor who makes hats.

He studied fashion / textiles at Middlesex University and freelanced as a fashion designer before deciding to do millinery. He sold his first collection to 'THE HAT SHOP', in Covent Garden and then went on to sell other boutiques as well as commissions for the theatre, film and Television. In 1997 Alva entered one of his creation in 'THE HATS OFF TO HACKNEY competition and came first. He opened his first shop 'THE HAT GALLERY' at the now thriving Broadway Market, Hackney in 1998-2002. During this time he went back to designing clothes as well as hats and collaborated with other designer makers, artistes in Hackney who frequently exhibited at his shop.
As well as doing hats for the Royal Ascot and other special occasions Alva teaches hat making & felt making at colleges, schools and museums. Alva is one of the co founders of THE HAT MAKING WORKSHOP at Telegraph Hill Community Centre in 2002. His teaching skills incorporate recycling, fabric manipulation, felt making and other experimental techniques. His work has been featured at LFW & ALTERNATIVE ARTS FASHION WEEK and has designed hats for music videos and fashion editorials.

He has also sold collections to shops in Japan, Paris and New York as well as boutiques in the U.K.  “Designing hats and teaching is a wonderful counter balance. It not only helps me to remember and update what I know, but it gives me satisfaction seeing student’s creativity & self esteem excel.”

07904 08 35 18 /





Holly Young is a Cornish-based hat designer, specialising in contemporary, bespoke millinery for weddings, fashion and special events. Her work incorporates an informed knowledge of modern and period hat design with her own acute sense of detail and beauty, allowing her to create unique, daintily elegant hats, fascinators and headbands. 

Graduating in Costume Design for the Performing Arts from the London College of Fashion in 2006, Holly lived and worked in London for five years before moving back to Cornwall, where she grew up. She has worked with the English National Opera, London-based avant-garde milliner Justin Smith and world-renowned milliner Philip Treacy, working on hats for Paris Couture Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and top celebrities.

If you are visiting Cornwall, this is great chance to unwind and have a go at learning a creative skill. The picturesque setting of the Old Bakery Studios, a 200 year old building on the water’s edge, is a rabbit warren of 30 artists and designer maker’s studios where Holly takes her commissions and runs her workshops. Holly's studio is a five minute walk from the UK's largest fabric and haberdashery store Truro Fabrics, a visit here is a must if you are in the county. Call up to enquire about the next workshop or book a group session for you and your friends. Holly also takes private tutorials, which you can tailor specifically to your requirements. 


Enquiries: 07968 783320 /









At an early age Christine Rohr developed a natural impulse to wear all kinds of things on her head. In 1991 she graduated from the millinery class of the famous Fashion School of the City of Vienna in Schloss Hetzendorf and ultimately decided to pursue this career. In 1992 she passed the hat making master exam, becoming the last master in Styria.

Since 1993 she has been working as an independent milliner in Vienna and Graz where she opened her well known workshop in Kalchberggasse / Graz, in 2004. In order to teach younger generations the foundations and techniques of this craft, she founded the Christine Rohr Academy – School for Millinery and Textile Design in 2009. She imparts her know-how in workshops and schools both nationally and internationally, as far as the Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

In addition to customized pieces and collections for her customers from Austria and
abroad, Christine Rohr also produces headpieces for theatre, film and events like the
Lake Festival in Mörbisch and the Life Ball.

The workshop program stretches over a 2 year period for those who learn the Modistenhandwerk and subsequently may want to take the final examination. It is also possible to book individual workshops as needed to deepen existing knowledge or simply immerse yourself for 2 days in the world of millinery.

Christine Rohr, 8010 Graz, Kalchberggasse 5
Telephone: +43 664 1310404 Email:



Czech Republic


HANA SKORPILOVA, Prague Millinery School

Hana Skorpilová has been teaching traditional, classic and modern techniques, including art freestyle, of women’s hat making since 2009.  Hana’s education and creative license are based on a revival and understanding of original traditional millinery practices, and she transfers this experience to the students.  Artistic liberty is taken in combining traditional and modern design.  Hana is an experienced and cheerful group leader and successfully always finishes classes with awe and love for her students.  Hana Škorpilová regularly prepares courses / workshops.  The courses are suitable for complete beginners but it is possible to establish proficiency and do original designs.

Course prices are affected by the economic situation in the Czech Republic and are therefore among the lowest in the EU. Basic courses offered include:

Shaped berets
The ancient almost forgotten handmade technology of shaped berets as well as fashion from beginning- to mid-20th century.  This course also includes special hand-shaping with steam, working on unique antique hat forms, and emphasizes hand sewing & precision finishing.

Classic women's hats with a brim

Satin-covered beret, fabric hats, turbans

Stiffened transparent lace hats

Creative fabulous millinery

Free form modern Sinamay hats and headpieces 


Wet felting wool hats

Courses are offered for unexperienced beginners up to advanced students.

Classes take place in the beautiful Czech capital of Prague.  The studio classroom is right in the heart of the city center.  Though our courses are two-day, it is possible to request longer term private classes.  A bonus opportunity is available to visit the Czech factory Tonak where students can buy wholesale the highest quality hat bodies made of rabbit in the world.  This is a private day-long trip.  The millinery school workshop is equipped with a unique collection of antique forms.

Courses are either in groups (per the listed program) or individual (per request).  Hana always welcomes individual teaching on specific topics upon request.

Course program at Hana Skorpilová’s Prague millinery school.

photo gallery from courses offered since 2009







Beads and Bling are the leading Irish bead store and also the largest millinery supplier to the Irish market.  They stock feathers, feather mounts, fascinator kits, millinery products & materials along with a wide range of beads and haberdashery – all at fantastically low prices.  They also offer a large selection of classes in jewellery, millinery and bead making techniques.

Courses include:









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Their store is located at 34/35 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland. 

Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 10.30 - 6.30pm, Thu 10.30 - 7pm, Sat 10 - 6pm, Sun 12 - 6pm
Phone: 1 6337814 or email:




Have fun creating your very own hat, bonnet or chapeau and learn about the classic art of Millinery design and technique with Award-Winning Milliner Lina Stein. Explore the many facets of hat making as milliner for a day with your unique vision, be it serious in design or frivolous in concept.

Lina Stein hails from Australia but has been based in Rosmoney, near Westport for many years. She has been creating hats for the past two decades and is recognised in the world of Irish millinery as a light, through her flamboyant and extravagant creations.
   Her hats have been exhibited from Dublin,Stuttgart, Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles, and are always a sensation at race meetings and special events both in Ireland and abroad.
   She has won international awards such as the “Hatty Award 2008”and more recently the 1st prize in “The Best hat Competition” at the 2009 Galway Races.
    Lina Stein received classical training in Sydney under Milliners Connie Kerr at the Australian Opera in Sydney, which has enabled her to face each challenge with a creative spirit. She also now trains aspiring hat makers in the millinery arts. She is running master classes from her studio on a regular basis, and these are proving to be an enormous hit with anyone who loves fashion and creativity.

Lina Stein Millinery, Uisce Saol, Rosmoney, Westport, Co. Mayo
Tel. 098 28449

Courses include:













Courses are offered by milliner Marge Iilane, who has studied millinery  in England from one of The World`s Best Milliners – Mrs Rose Cory as well as attending the International felt workshop of Elina Saari.
5 day intensive millinery course
During this course you will make 3 hats: a fascinator, a parasisal hat and a felt hat.
You will learn basic millinery skills (blocking, wiring, stiffening, millinery stitches, trimmings etc. and get an overview of the kind of materials milliners use.
The cost of the 5 day intensive course is: 550 EUR
Courses are in English
There is a maximum of 10 people to a group so everybody gets personal attention.
Pre-registration is a MUST as the group size has a limit!
Price includes hat making materials, a hat gala dinner in one of the finest restaurants in the city of Pärnu (please take a nice dress with you) and also Refreshments during the class.

Courses take place in the lovely Guesthouse Linnamehe, which is 16km out of town Pärnu, Estonia ( Participants can be picked up free of charge from Pärnu Bus station (please arange with Marge Iilane).

You can see more details including help with accomodation as well as Marge Iilane’s hats on her website

Mobile phone: +(372) 50 10 694
e-mail address:







Estelle Ramousse was awarded a vocational training certificate in the fashion and hat industry in 1989 by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Since then she has worked both on stage productions and in fashion.

She started out in 1990 by creating headdresses for a children's show, and then went on to work on various creations in the theatre, opera and music hall, while at the same time making off-the-peg and haute couture hats for the fashion industry.

In 1999, Estelle went on the road for three years with the equestrian theatre compagny Zingaro, and in 2004 she opened her workshop in Rue de la Mare, Paris.

64 rue de la Mare
Paris 20e
+33 177 112 904
+33 615 412 904



TRACY CHAPLIN, Midi Pyrenees, nr Toulouse

Tracy Chaplin is a couture milliner and teacher with 20 years experience in the Millinery business. Her enthusiastic and unique approach is inspiring. She runs couture millinery workshops from her beautiful home in France. The workshops can be tailored to suit the individual or group. The maximum group size is 6 people to allow time for personal tuition.

For further information contact.



CHATEAU DUMAS, nr Toulouse in southwest FRANCE

Celebrated milliner Dillon Wallwork returns to Chateau Dumas in 2013 to lead a series of exciting hat-making workshops.  His first in July takes its inspiration from the vampish glamour of the 20’s and 30’s and the golden years of Hollywood with a complimentary vintage hat week in October which focuses on hats from the 40’s and 50’s.

Drawing on more than 30 years of expertise, Dillon brings something special to the Bridal Headpieces workshop in July as well as a Moulding, Draping and Shaping week in October which teaches freeforming and working with fabrics.

Dillon collaborates with milliner Bridget Bailey on a Feathers and Flowers workshop also in July where you’ll learn to work with natural feathers and to create feathers and flowers using sinamay and silk.

Sinamay, straw and felt are all used during the workshops and you’ll have the chance to choose from a wide range of original vintage blocks loaned to us by Isabelle Rey, sixth generation hat-maker at Chapeau Willy in Caussade.  

Our full 2013 programme includes:

  • VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD HATS: the 20’s and 30’s
  • VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD HATS: the 20’s and 30’s
  • MOULDING, DRAPING AND SHAPING: Freeforming and Working with Fabric

The millinery weeks at Chateau Dumas include 7 nights’ accommodation, all meals, trips out and full-time tuition.

For further details please see:







Marga van der Bos has been working as an independant hat designer since 1988 and has alsos been teaching millinery since then in her creative studio ‘HoofdzaakHoeden ArtWear’ in Amsterdam. She can run courses on a range of different aspects of hatmaking; blocking and creation of headpieces. You can work with felt, straw, sinamay, etc.

Students can make a hat from start to finish or study a technique. We usually work from 9.30 till 16.00 with tea and coffee throughout and a light lunch included.

Enquire about courses via e-mail:

Contact details:
Marga van der Bos
HoofdzaakHoeden ArtWear
Witte de Withstraat 168
1057 ZL Amsterdam
t. +31(0) 20-6122956 / +31(0)6-3740 2852






Berry Rutjes Jr., hat designer to the core, millener ‘pur sang’ and simply just mad about hatters! Her style is clearly recognizable; a classic combination of quality and passionate creativity typify her designs.

Berry has been teaching flower making/millinery for more than 20 years now, in the Netherlands and also travels to teach in the UK.

Workshops open to individuals and groups.

Berry Rutjes Jr. Hatdesign 
Hoedensalon & atelier
Hoge Gouwe 71, 2801 LC Gouda, Nederland
Tel:  +31 (0)182 769 125




The collections of Irene van Vugt are a combination of innovative design and unusual materials. Felt is cut, painted and has a sculptural style.

Irene van Vugt has worked as an independent designer and participates in numerous exhibitions and shows. Irene has worked with Mieke Abel, Hoedenatelier Cachet and Marianne Jongkind amongst others and has been offering millinery workshops since 2001.

During a course you will learn different millinery techniques. Various materials, such as felt, straw, muslin and tulle are discussed and you will gain insight into the creative use of materials and shapes.

Classes are held in Irene’s studio at the Old Canal 371 in Utrecht. 
You can enquire about courses via e-mail or call 06-41451041.






After studying Philosophy and Pedagogy at University of Madrid, Charo Iglesias moved to San Sebastian where she worked for three years as a Special Education teacher. Later in Paris she attended a University art course. In the long journeys on the Paris subway she made her first crochet hat. Thus began a hobby that eventually became her profession.

In 1980 she returned to San Sebastian where she set up a workshop to devote herself to learning the craft of millinery. Her work has been featured in Exhibitions, Film, Theater and Opera and Charo began teaching millinery in her atelier.

Now based in Madrid Charo’s hats are still in demand and she has made collections for Pasarela Cibeles and Gaudí Manuel Piña, Jesús del Pozo, Drink Medem, Roberto Toretta and Elio Berhanyer.

Charo Iglesias
Jorge Juan 102 6ºD
28009 Madrid
Telephone: +34 91 577 76 28




Roberto Quagliata and Eva Sanchez are a husband and wide team who met during a millinery course in London back in 2003 and after three years  they launched their first collection at the London Alternative Show. They eventually started out in business in Spitalfields Market and boutiques around London.

In 2008 Eva and Roberto moved to Madrid and decided to set up our showroom in the heart of Madrid where they produce customized handmade millinery for clients .

Due to their different styles and backgrounds they quickly reached the prestigious catwalk "Cibeles " working with some of  the most cutting edge Spanish designers and gaining wide press attention. Since 2010 they have been part of the Spanish Milliner Association and in 2011 set up a Hat Festival.

Under the guidance of these expert milliners, attendees will be shown how to block, sew and trim their own hats, headpieces and fascinators using traditional model millinery methods. All courses enable students to acquire professional skills in order to create their own headpieces in a warm and friendly atmosphere . Single or group courses are available in Spanish , English and Italian.

Types of courses offered:
Parasisal and straws
Feather art
Creative Millinery ( advanced only )

Courses are held at Calle Luchana 16 Madrid 1/D, 28010 Madrid  
Infoline : +34. 915229027  





ARTIKAL, East Village, New York City, USA

Artikal founder, Holly Slayton, was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in northern Virginia. From a young age she was inspired to create; growing up with her grandmother, an award-winning dressmaker who loved to crochet, and her entrepreneurial, crafts woman, mother.
Holly launched Artikal in New York, selling her own line at boutiques in the East Village and now has a workshop space where Holly makes and ships her hats all over the world.

Workshops are held at Artikal Studio in the East Village, New York City. All the workshops are small groups of 4-5 people to ensure each participant gets proper assistance. Holly discusses some of her sources for yarns and patterns and gives brief detail into making flowers and pom-poms to accessorize your hats.

Cocktail hat /Bridal workshop $60.00

Basic velour blocking $150.00

Velour freeform Hat making workshop $150.00

Horsehair Cocktail Hat / Bridal workshop $60.00

Large Brim Straw Hat workshop $150.00

Large Brim Parisisal Straw workshop $160.00

Mini Top Hat Decorating workshop $60.00

Feather Fascinator $60.00

Basic Crocheted Hat $60.00

Contact Holly at Artikal  Phone: 212-260-0278




JEANNE BJORN, Denver, Colorado, USA

Jeanne Bjorn has been designing and constructing clothing, millinery, and costumes professionally since 1980. She has a wealth of experience having worked on costume design for stage and film and began studying Millinery Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1990. She developed her own line of Millinery for wholesale accounts including: Barneys New York and VariZioni in New York amongst others. Over the past ten years, she has taught Millinery Design at The Colorado Institute of Art, D'Leas Fabric & Button Studio, The Oregon College of Art and Craft, and at her studio in Portland, Oregon and now Denver, Colorado.

Courses Offered:  Millinery:  Draping with Felt, Blocking with felt and straw, Block Making, Advanced Blocking, Straw Braid, Bridal, Fabric Covered Hats, Turbans, Theatrical Head Dress, Patterns & Construction - soft fabric hats and Millinery Workshop for more experimental work.

All millinery classes can be taken as 1 day courses up to 5 day courses or weekly evening classes if you live in the Denver area.

Contact: Jeanne Bjorn
Telephone:  1-503-819-7423    Email:

Hatmaking, Shoemaking & Handbag Design Classes



ANYA CALIENDO, Couture Millinery Atelier, Babylon NY

Anya Caliendo is the principle owner and founder of her own label titled "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier", located in New York. Since the opening of her Atelier, Anya has successfully produced Collection of Couture Hats for her own Atelier and worldwide clientele. She also has been collaborating with stylists and editors of glossy Fashion publications like, Vogue Latin America, Vogue Spain, Vogue Paris, Elle to name a few and has been included in the list of top milliners featured in the "Couture Hats" book by Louis Bou. In September 2013 Anya Caliendo became the first American Milliner to present her solo Collection of Couture Hats as an official part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York SS2014 at Lincoln Center to the great reviews of worldwide press. This presentation marked the first official presentation by American Milliner in decades.

For several years now Anya is running a Premier Certified Advanced Millinery Courses based in her Atelier. A 3-week intense course is designed to accommodate the needs of those who are at the beginner level in Millinery Arts as well as those who have been studding Millinery before and seeking farther advancement in the professional skills . The Course proved to be unique and in high demand with students travelling from all over the globe to study with Anya: Russia, Peru, France, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Spain as well as from all over the US.

Tuition for 3 week course - $1,750

To read more on the specifics of the Course and inquire and Application to enroll, visit Anya's official website at .

Visit Anya's official Blog at  and stop by our official Facebook page





A work of art that happens to be worn on your head is the best way to describe the creations of milliner Diana Cavagnaro whose atelier/fashionable loft is located in the heart of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California. Diana, the “Hatter with a Heart”, is a national celebrity whose credits include numerous appearances on television, as well as articles in newspapers and magazines discussing the Art of Millinery, Fashion, and Hat Making. Diana’s creations have adorned the heads of many stars, celebrities, and socialites. In her 30 years in the hat business Diana has gained a wealth of knowledge, which she shares with the hundreds of students who come from all over the United States to study millinery with her.

She is currently producing a series of instructional videos on hat making. Diana learned hat making when she served as assistant milliner at the Old Globe Theatre. Then she struck out on her own, specializing in women’s custom hats.

Diana Cavagnaro, PO Box 711836, San Diego CA, 92171-1836. Call: 619.239.4287. Send an email:




With over 40 years of sewing and design experience, 20 of those years intermittently in the theater, Elsie Collins discovered her passion for millinery in 1990, when she owned a women's retail and custom boutique in Providence, RI.

She studied apparel design and pattern drafting at RISD, and served a three year apprenticeship to an Italian tailor. Millinery has been a very natural progression, and learning to block felt and straw has rounded out her skills as a milliner. Her extensive skills in embroidery, and silk ribbon embroidery, and ribbon flowers, have served as the perfect embellishment to her hats, as well as handmade silk organza flowers. Ms. Collins began collecting vintage hats in the 1980's, and has a vast collection in her studio, that students can examine for inspiration, and see how milliners of years ago, made their hats.

She is predominantly self taught, and recently took a free form fur felt blocking workshop with Jasmin Zorlu, whom she invited as a guest teacher to her N. Providence studio last December.

Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery is a working and teaching design studio in N. Providence, offering classes in Beginner Skills in Felt Blocking, sinamay blocking, cut and sewn hats, pattern drafting/draping for hat making, buckram and wire frame hats, fascinators, and surface embellishments like silk ribbon embroidery, and silk flower making.

Classes: Thistle Cottage Studio/ 58 Waterman Ave. Suites 1&2/ N. Providence,RI /02911

Please call 401-231-4343 to reserve your space. All courses are $400.00 and includes a full brunch both days.

Materials fee is $40.00 for all courses, in addition to tuition.

A list of nearby accommodations will be supplied.



DAWN EDWARDS (Felt So Right), Plainwell MI, USA

Dawn Edwards is a felt-maker/fiber artist specializing in fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She lives and works from her home studio in Plainwell, Michigan, USA, and sells her work under the name of Felt So Right. Dawn’s hats are often noted for their unique style, sculptural aspects and technique.

Dawn teaches felt hat-making both within the U.S. and abroad and states that, ‘Feltmaking has truly opened windows to the world for me and I am grateful for this most wonderful opportunity.’

Dawn’s felt works/articles have appeared in the book, ’1000 Artisan Textiles’, the International Feltmakers Association Journal ‘Felt Matters’, fiber magazine ‘Fiber Art Now’, and the Russian felt magazine ‘Felt Fashion’.

Dawn recently won the Mad Hatter's Society Third Annual Hatmaking Competition (2014) for her nuno-felted/beaded felt hat, judged by Couture Milliner, Arturo Rios.

Dawn is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Surface Design Association, Handweavers Guild of America, Michigan League of Handweavers, juried artist member of the Signature Artists Cooperative, as well as numerous gallery shops.

Felt So Right
P.O. Box 402
Plainwell, MI 49080
tel: 269-685-5565, email:




HATSTRUCK (Lee Duncan), Los Angeles County CA, USA

Lee Duncan, of Hatsruck Couture Millinery, is an award winning couture milliner. She has been designing and making hats for 27 years, inspired by milliner’s of the 1920s through 1950s eras. Lee offers French couture millinery classes in the Los Angeles County, California, South Bay area, in the United States.

She has experience in all facets of millinery ranging from the making and covering of buckram frames and wire frames, to French flower making, including the sewing of straw braid by machine, and of course, the basics, felt and straw blocking. Please view Lee’s “Portfolio of Skills” on her Web site, and stop by her blog where you will find fabulous free millinery tutorials and links to great resources and wonderful milliners’ sites.


Website: Blog:



THE SAUCY MILLINER, Kelly Dunlap, Vancouver BC, CANADA

This is where the magic happens. My cozy atelier is the perfect place to pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of tea and create wonderful works of wearable art. Using traditional millinery techniques and unique accessories discovered on my travels, I will make sure that you leave with a fabulously fun piece that you will be excited about wearing to your next spring night out, derby, quilting bee, wedding – really any occasion that you fancy!


I am open to traveling to other locations within Canada to teach the Two Day workshop.



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KAY DURDEN, California, USA

Hello, my name is Kay. I am a native Californian, and have been in the millinery business more than twenty-five years. My designs have been sold in California and other states, including Hawaii. I have taught millinery classes at various US locations including California colleges, community centers, and most recently in Memphis Tennessee.

I have always loved fashion, but little did I know my love for fashion and millinery would last more than two decades. When meeting new people many are amazed to find I am a milliner, and want to know what prompted me to start making the hats.

The truth is while following the story of Lady Diana Spencer and her prince to be I was inspired, because it reminded me of the Cinderella tale I along with many other little girls were told as children. Their story and the observation of the country’s fashions inspired me to want to start a hat making business.

While seeking hat-making classes I learned the art of millinery was one of the best-kept secrets, because few instructors were willing to share their knowledge with new wanna-be-milliners. Finding a teacher seemed hopeless, but I was determined and found Wilma Rhea who was one of the top milliners on the west coast. She shared her art of millinery with me and others before passing.

Since that time, my desire to try different methods on my own has allowed me to create many beautiful hats. I now share the art I was so fortunate to learn, and teach basic hat blocking, covering, frame making, and advanced hat making techniques. If you would like more information about me, classes, or upcoming workshops please visit my website:, or e-mail me US residents may call me at 318 792-5757. By the way, watching Prince William’s wedding more than twenty years after his mother inspired me, brought back many memories.






I have made my own line of fashionable hats, as well as reproductions of men and women’s vintage hats. I include hats for men in traditional styles such as the straw or fur/felt top hats, fedoras, and straw boaters. For women’s hats I use these same styles but add a feminine flare. I also incorporate flirtatious shaped cloche designs, which were popular in the late 1920’s and today.
Many professional theatres hire me for millinery work including the Cincinnati Playhouse and opera houses in Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Currently working in my Newport, Rhode Island studio I am creating my own line of hats for fashion and am now available to teach.

Contact me for more details:




Learn How to Make Unique Hats With Style!

Yvonne Lewis of Hatzy Lady has taught the art of couture millinery for sixteen years through private millinery instruction, at Otis College of Art and Design, Saddleback College and by invitation from special interest groups. To help promote the art of millinery, Yvonne collaborated with the Los Angeles County Fair for five years as a millinery contest coordinator and also developed educational millinery exhibits. She recently presented an introduction to millinery workshop and a seasonal pop-up millinery exhibit with Craft in America. Yvonne continues to seek and develop exciting opportunities to promote the art of millinery.

Yvonne offers couture millinery workshops and private lessons in Los Angeles. Students learn how to hand block unique felt or straw hats using special hat making materials, wooden hat blocks/molds and old-world millinery techniques. All work is completed by hand. Enthusiasm is required, experience is not.

Workshops Offered:

• Fabulous Felt Hats

• Sensational Straw Hats

• Fascinators/Cocktail Hats

• Fabric Covered Hats

• Hatzy Hen Parties for birthdays, bridal showers or simply a get together with friends for an experience that is creative, classy and fun!

If you would like to host a one or two day private workshop for a group of 6 students or more, please inquire. For registration and additional workshops information please contact Hatzy Lady at:

“Once You Learn, You’ll Make Heads Turn!”

Watch Hatzy Lady Workshops Video: Link







Izzie has been teaching millinery for seventeen years. She currently teaches at the University of Washington's Experimental College and also offers courses from her well-equipped studio in Seattle, Washington. Izzie teaches three basic courses: Buckram, Felt, and Straw as well as a number of specialty courses such as straw braid, turbans, hand blocking, ribbon work, millinery trimming, etc.
She teaches throughout the year in four-week sessions beginning each month. Upon completion of the basic coursework, students can continue on to a more individualized program. Many students have been with Izzie for over ten years and a number of her students have gone on to become successful milliners.

For more details contact:
Izzie Lewis Millinery, 7203 36th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126




Ruth Mills has over 30 years experience creating fine items to wear.  Trained in the science and art of clothing and textiles, Ruth refined her skills researching, fabricating and teaching historical reproduction costumes, accessories and textiles for Parks Canada. A former instructor for the Fashion Design Program at Algonquin College, Ruth now teaches individual and group courses which cover both historic and modern millinery through Ruth Mills, Milliner.

FELT HAT WORKSHOP - Learn the basics of how to make and trim a felt hat.
Over two days, you will experience blocking fur felt over a wooden form, cutting, wiring, stiffening, and trimming a hat.  You will learn trade 'secrets' that will give your own creations that professional touch. 
You will make samples for your notebook as well as your own hat to take away with you.  At the end of the two days, you may not have your hat completely finished but it will be nearly done. The fee includes basic materials including your choice from a basic colour selection of felts, plus the wire, thread, needles, stiffener, etc to complete your first hat and the use of workshop blocks and equipment. Trimmings and other supplies will be available for purchase to decorate your creation.

There will be a maximum of 3 students to allow for individual attention. Instruction and workshop time is at least 6 hours a day. Lunch will be provided.

Cost:  $300 +GST 50% deposit is required to reserve a spot, which will be non-refundable after 1 week before the workshop.  You may pay by VISA, cheque or Paypal. 

Contact Ruth for further registration details.




ABSOLUTELYHATS (Monika Stebbins), Madison NJ, USA

Hi, I am Monika Stebbins of Absolutelyhats. I started my millinery training in 1991 in Germany. In the mid 90ies I relocated to the US, where I opened my own millinery atelier. In 2000, I took a Millinery Master Class at the British School of Millinery under Stephen Jones and Shirley Hex.
Since 2005, my new, larger studio is located in Madison, NJ, just 25 miles west of NYC.
Here I creates hats under my label ”Monika Fine Millinery” and teach millinery classes to students from all over the world.  Current information on all classes offered can be found here:

I offer group classes of up to 8 students through the local adult school; these classes have a variety of fixed topics. (e.g. “Introduction to Millinery – Fall/Winter: 1 handblocked hat & 1 fabric-covered fascinator/ cocktail hat”) Click this link for the classes which are currently offered:

When there is demand, I offer additional workshops for up to 8 students with a topic. (e.g. “trimming with crin/horsehair”)
In addition, I offer private lessons for 1-3 students. The curriculum for these instructions is flexible; you and I determine your millinery goals, then I develop a lesson plan that fits your needs.
Students with some millinery experience also have the option to take “studio time”, where they can work in my studio on their own projects, with a little help from me as needed.
I am also available for talks or workshops for larger groups. Please email me with your inquiries or call (+1) 973.930.8239

Questions? Feel free to contact me at





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 from the country roads in France, to the outback in Australia, and incorporating these pieces to truly make one-of-a-kind 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.”

Jenny has created hats for some of the world’s most fashionable ladies, including Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, Barbara Corcoran from the TV show “Shark Tank”, Regina Taylor and Louisville’s very own Patti Swope and Patti Heuser. Jenny also creates beautiful hats for productions with the Joffrey Ballet and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. You can find her collections in specialty boutiques around the world and in magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, Vigore and Belle Armoire. She is also a featured Milliner for the Derby showcasing her hats at Keeneland, The Kentucky Derby Museum, Koi Gallery - Galt House, Les Filles, Equus Run Vineyards and many Kentucky TV stations and magazines.

Millinery is a craft that Jenny wants to keep alive. She teaches Couture Millinery instruction around the world in group and private workshops, including basic blocking on antique hat blocks, to sculptural hats using Jinsin.

Jenny is on the Board of Directors for the Apparel Industry Board and Fashion Group International, a member of the Milliners Guild in NY, member of the Headwear Association, a 2012 FGI Rising Star Winner, and a two time Winner of the Hatty Award (an International award given to Milliners).




Joy Scott is an award-winning British Milliner, with a passion for the unique. She is currently residing in Chicago, and is the premiere milliner for the Drake Hotel fashion events. She creates one-of-a-kind hats for all occasions, including bridal. Joy finds inspiration in nearly everything - from the architectural shapes of buildings to modern furniture designs and sculptural shapes. Joy’s hats are meticulously crafted using couture European methods, and with the finest felts, straws and other materials.

Joy will now be teaching couture millinery workshops. Classes will be ongoing, beginning Tuesday September 27, 2011. The workshops are designed for those serious about the art of millinery and who are interested in creating high-end headwear. Come and Learn special European techniques and create your own eye-catching hat for any occasion. Hat revamping workshops are also available, so you can take an old chapeau from vintage to modern. All classes are small and designed for beginners to advanced. To avoid disappointment, book early!

For class schedules, fees, etc., send an email to





My name is Linda Crawford,  I am the millinery designer and straw sculptress for Secret Beauty Hats. My hats are handmade in the USA and I design each hat using fine quality materials from around the world. My specialty is sculpturing and blocking straw with my favorite medium sinamay. 

Look great and feel good every day in my  fabulous Secret Beauty Hats or learn to make your very own. 

I offer hat making workshops for groups and individuals with a serious desire to learn. Beginners and advance hat makers are welcome. 

Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

Contact number: (312) 857-4287





TopsyTurvy Design is a Theatrical Millinery Company based out of Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.
TopsyTurvy is owned & operated by Kim Brown-Dye, a confessed theatre nerd & history buff who holds a degree in Theatrical Design from Cal State East Bay. 
Ms. Brown-Dye has been producing whimsical, historically inspired millinery for the masses for the past 4 years.  Her workhas appeared on America’s Got Talent, Good Morning LA&MTV and has been published in several books &magazines including, True West Magazine, 666 Photography – Virgin Queens & High Camp Divas& the soon to be released 1000 Steampunk Creations.

Her diverse clientele list includes operatic diva, Prince Poppycock, Courtney Love, Sanrio and many shimmy-shakers in the nouveux Burlesque scene, including Lola the Vamp & the Reigning Queen of Burlesque – Ms. RoxiD’Lite.

Workshops include
-How to Build a Top Hat (4 Day Intensive Course)
-Fascinators 101 (1 Day Course)
-Fantasy/Anime Millinery Workshop (5 Day Intensive Course)




Milliner Laura Del Villaggio holds a Certificate in Millinery from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, one of the only institutions left in the US with an in-depth millinery program, teaching the old-world craftsmanship of hand-blocking straws and felts, and hand-stitching and draping trims.  Since 1997, Laura has devoted herself to the art of millinery, including educating others about the wear, care, history, and allure of hats.

Laura Del Villaggio has an Austin, Texas-based studio in which she produces two seasonal collections each year for her label Milli Starr.  Additional collections include bridal, couture, fascinators, and restored vintage.  Each piece is meticulously handcrafted and unique, reflecting her eye for detail and sense of beauty, proportion, and silhouette.  Many of Laura's hats are custom designs created for the theater or special events such as weddings, horse races, or theme parties.  She has clients all over the US, and Milli Starr hats have traveled all over the world. Examples of her work can be seen at

In Autumn 2008, Laura began teaching millinery classes at Stitch Lab, a sewing and craft studio in South Austin.  She offers courses on basic sewn hats such as berets and newsboy caps, as well as feather fascinators, blocked and wire-frame buckram hats, and blocked felt and straw hats.  Classes range in size from 3-6 students.  Private lessons are also available.

Contact: Class details & Registration





Jan Wutkowski has been making hats since 1995 and has been teaching since 1998.  She teaches throughout the United States, primarily at nationally known arts and crafts schools, and has twice taught at the International Millinery Forum in Australia, as well as the Wombourne School of Millinery in the UK.  Private classes are held in her atelier in Wilmington, North Carolina, and are developed according to the attendee's experience levels.

Jan studied under Waltraud Reiner at the Melbourne (Australia) School of Millinery, and now owns aMuse: artisanal finery, a wearable art/custom hatmaking business, where she creates one-of-a-kind hats, headpieces, and bridal veils. She was recently awarded a 2009 Hatty Award for her contributions to the millinery industry.

Classes offered:

For further information email or call 910.397.9099




JASMIN ZORLU, San Fransisco, USA

Jasmin Zorlu has been making Sculptural Headwear since 1992. She has been teaching workshops in the art of freeform draping since 2001, in New York City and the Bay Area.  Her hats have sold in Barney’s and all over the world. Most recently, she designed women's cut & sewn hats for the bay area hat company, Goorin Brothers.

"Jasmin Zorlu’s creativity and expertise in the field of millinery is truly inspiring and a gift to anyone interested in pursuing the artistry of this craft. Through her class you will learn a series of skills that will give you a sound base from which to develop your own millinery. Her focus and passion for what she does makes her an extraordinary teacher. She is generous with her knowledge which comes from 17 years of working in this field. Anyone interested in learning about hats would be wise to take the opportunity to study with Jasmin." [former student and professional milliner]

Learn how to make a 1920's style cloche hat that perfectly fits you. In this two-day workshop, milliner Jasmin Zorlu will guide you through the exciting art of 'Freeform Draping’. Using steam and your fingers, manipulate a pre-formed fur felt on a standard wooden hat form and then hand-stitch it. No machine stitching skills are needed, only basic hand-stitching skills. This class is perfect for beginners who have no experience sewing.  Non-intimidating, plus the possibilities are endless!

Learn how to draft patterns for cut and sewn hats.  Jasmin Zorlu will guide you through drafting a pattern and fitting the muslin, creating a comfortable, form fitting fabric hat.  Jasmin collaborates with large hat companies in designing collections of cut and sewn headwear which are manufactured for the mass market.

Studio visits by appointment. Email




Le Chap


Have fun with Feathers, Fabric and Crin. Make your own fascinator, explore design and texture, create handmade silk roses, work with millinery fabrics, experiment with feathers, learn traditional millinery stitches.

In the millinery workroom you will learn to transform contemporary fabrics into spectacular headwear using traditional techniques. Millinery is a vast and exciting subject. I offer a gradual introduction to the beginner and more advanced tuition for those with some knowledge. Courses range from the creation of simple headwear to the more sophisticated art of pattern making.
Millinery fabrics, feathers, and supplies are available for purchase at the studio.

Do you have a special event to celebrate or just want to spend time with a group of your friends doing something fun and creative, why not join Carolyn on one of her unique Hat Making courses.
Book your Friday Night Hen Party (7 – 10pm) for 3 hours of fun with the girls! Make your own little feathers and froth number and finish up the evening with a glass of bubbly.

Weekend Classes and Weekday Classes available.

Le Chapeau Millinery, 822 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025
Contact Carolyn for more info on 021 231 1581  Email:




Lynne Cook is both an experienced milliner and teacher with a keen focus on historical styles and techniques, working for the Australian Costumers’ Guild amongst others.

Lynne’s recent courses have included a Regency Bonnet (buckram & wire) class and has plans to run a mid-Victorian bonnet course during October. Lynne is also available for individual workshops.

For more details please contact Lynne.

Telephone: +61 8 8242 0881 / 0412 417 706



FIONA DIXON DESIGNS, Scarborough, Western Australia

Learning to make hats in Perth, Western Australia has proved to be very difficult with the major educational institutions not offering millinery courses that are readily available in other States. Due to the many enquiries received, I have begun teaching small, personalised classes at my workroom. These classes are tailored to what students on the day are most interested in achieving rather than a structured class where all students make the same style.

Being in Western Australia poses lots of problems re: supplies, blocks etc because of the isolation. The aim of the day is to teach the beginner the terminology of millinery, products, and handling, dyeing and production techniques. I demonstrate how to use everyday items for shaping your styles in the beginning so that you can start your millinery journey without having the expensive outlay of blocks initially.

The day will give you the skills to create your own pieces confidently. I describe the day as learning the skills to make “The Hat” but not making “The Hat” on the day. Millinery is really a basic understanding of the skills required with many hours of practice to hone those skills. I am happy to run classes outside of the Metro area.

Other classes run depending upon demand are:-
Silk Flower making – Advanced and Beginner
Sculptured Parasisal Headwear
Wire Work
Shaping and making hat blocks
Trimmings and Details

Tel: 08 92455994 Address: 185 Burniston St, Scarborough, WA 6019






Catherine Kelly works from her studio Embellish atelier, a space overflowing with treasures collected from around the world.
Catherine's years of teaching textiles, designing and manufacturing beautiful bespoke textile items, which have been snapped up by shops such Liberty of London and Linen and Lace of Balmain shine through in her quality workmanship.
Catherine has been taught by some of Australia’s finest milliners including Jane Stoddart and has attended workshops with Waltraud Reiner, Eugenie von Oirschott, Jean Carroll in her quest for furthering her knowledge.
Her hat collections show her confident sense of colour, line, and texture.

She adores the beauty of millinery materials and her designs have been described as modern elegance. She designs couture millinery for her clients at her studio Embellish atelier and runs regular workshops there at 48 Victoria Road by appointment. Workshop details are below and you can visit her website to learn more about soft furnishings workshops that are also available.

Embellish atelier
48 Victoria Rd, Rozelle, NSW 2041
Catherine Kelly

Courses include:

MILLINERY ESSENTIALS – 8 Week course at Sydney Community College- log onto (Textiles and Fashion) for details and to book into this course.





My name is Gwen Hunter; I have more than 25 years experience in Design, Arts and Crafts. I renewed my interest in millinery, (which I first commence in the mid 1960’s) 6 years ago.  I now design and making headwear and teaching from my studio in Loganlea, situated half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

1-DAY FASCINATOR WORKSHOPS - All materials required for the class and lunch are included in the Cost of $280.00. To allow for individual attention I limit the class size to 3 students. 
Time 9.30a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

One on One Millinery Tuition is also available please contact me as to what you would like to learn.

Class Available Monday – Saturday. 
Telephone: 0400 731518  E-mail:





Galina Kofod has many years experience making flowers from silk and fabric. In recent years she has developed her own style and technique creating leather flowers. With this technique Galina achieves a perfect reflection of nature. She also enjoys the contrast of creating fantasy leather flowers.

Galina was born in Russia, Saint Petersburg and worked as a geologist for 15 years. At this time she started working with leather. This hobby became a passion. It was natural for her to use leather and gems together, to create jewellery. Her pieces were included in both Russian and international exhibitions.

The next step in her journey was studying silk flower making. The focus of this study was the Japanese NunoBana and SomeBana schools. Using this knowledge, and her experience in working with leather, enabled her to establish her own method of creating leather flowers.

Currently Galina works mostly on custom orders for Australian and International Milliners. Hats featuring her flowers have been in the Finals and have won at Fashion on the Field.

Galina Kofod runs her own workshops teaching leather flowers technique mostly in South East QLD, also  she gives classes by invitation throughout Australia.

EMAIL: / TEL: 0448172972








Jane has been practising as a model milliner for over 20 years. She has sold her hats through most major department stores & many fashion boutiques and her creations have made the finals and semi-finals of Hat Magazine Hat Designer competitions a number of times. She enjoys developing new design ideas & innovative approaches to materials & techniques and has exhibited in France. Jane has taught millinery through workshops, private design colleges and TAFE for the past 10 years.

All Masterclasses are 9 hours over 2 days. Saturday 10am-1pm, 2pm-4pm. Sunday 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm. Cost per person is $220 for the 2 day class.
12 Macleay St, Potts Point, Sydney, NSW 2011, Australia
(02) 8004 8601 / 0403 952 788

Courses include:





Peggy is a part time millinery teacher in Australia.
Courses run @ Luxe, Station Street, Bowral, N.S.W. Australia.
Beginners and intermediate.

Contact Peggy for details: +61 2 9328 3213 / 0404 719 377








Bright lights, curtain calls, costume design, the theatre - these are some of the many aspects that surround Christine's role as the Head Milliner with Opera Australia.  In 1999 Christine worked as Assistant Milliner on the film Moulin Rouge, creating the black velvet top hat worn by Nicole Kidman in publicity shots. 
With qualifications obtained through TAFE NSW, as well as extensive experience in the industry, Christine is passionate about promoting the art of millinery and passing her skills onto others.

Contact Christine for bookings and details.
Blue Mountains, NSW,  Australia

Mobile:  0435 168 181

Workshop Title: Theatrical Hats
Duration of Workshop:  3 - 5 days

Suitable for Secondary school students and adults.
All levels of experience welcome in this class, however basic machine sewing skills needed.

Workshop Title: Fabulous Fabric Hats with all the Trimmings
Duration of Workshop: 4 – 5 days

All levels of experience welcome in this class, however basic machine sewing skills needed.

Workshop Title: Working with felt and straw
Duration of Workshop  2 days

Suitable for Secondary school students and adults.
All levels of experience welcome in this class, however basic machine sewing skills needed.

Workshop Title:  Fascinator or Cocktail hat for the Races
Duration of workshop:  1 day

Suitable for Secondary school students and adults.
All levels of experience welcome in this class, however basic sewing skills needed.

Workshop Title: Gorgeous Trimmings
Duration of Workshop: 1 - 2 days

Although all these techniques are suitable for hats, bags and clothing, some trimmings can become so spectacular that they can be put onto a simple comb or hair clip and worn as a hair accessory.

Suitable for Secondary school students and adults.
All levels of experience welcome in this class, however basic sewing skills needed.

Title: Pattern drafting for Fabric Hats (Master class)
Duration: 3 - 5 days

A more advanced level of millinery experience, such as that gained from the “Fabulous Fabric Hats” workshop, is needed for this class, however all levels of competency are encouraged to apply. Basic machine sewing skills needed.






La Coquita was established in December 2008 by creator and designer, Tomas Montoya. He is an architect with ten years experience in theater and dance training and he studied at LaSalle College. He has worked in stage design and costume design.

La Coquita design headpieces, fascinators, hats and all types of head accessories for both men and women. Mostly vintage inspired but with a contemporary and a free-style twist; lots of birds, veiling, fruit and colors. All designs are unique hand made pieces, done with care and excellence for all occasions.

La Coquito have made special collections for designer Olga Piedrahita as well as participated in fashion editorials for Infashion magazine. They have also designed for Television.

La Coquita are now running millinery workshops that will be based on availability. Courses will run with a minimum of 5 students. Intensive 5 day workshops or special workshops by group or individuals are available on request.

Beginner modules are:
Fascinator basics, structures and trimming.
Classic fabric pillbox or slant fabric pillbox, with trimming.
Fabric covered buckram foundation, vintage or classic, with trimming.
Pattern fabric vintage hats.
Basics of felt and straw blocking and design.

Prices range from (150.000 pesos to 350.000) depending on the schedule and duration. Buckram will be included in foundation courses. Courses are taught in Spanish or English.

For more information contact:
Phone: (57) 3122867372 or email:





South Africa




Thembi Mabule is a milliner based in South Africa in Pretoria. She designs and makes exclusive hats for different occasions including horse race and weddings.  She uses different material techniques such as vintage fabrics, straws, sinamey and flowers. She has features in many SA magazines and newspapers with her designs.  Thembi Appeared in different SABC 1 TV program and CNB channel including E-TV. She has exhibited her designs in South African Fashion week and has dressed SA celebrities. She supply boutiques and have a boutique of her own in Pretoria.

Thembi Mabule offers millinery classes to those who want to learn millinery and pursue millinery as a career. Thembi Mabule studied Retail Business Management Diploma at the University of Johannesburg. Millinery came as a passion and talent for her when she was making clothes and bags. After few months of starting the business making fascinators; she went for a millinery course in Pretoria. Since then Thembi Mabule has grown as a brand and is offering the skill to other people who would like to make a living in millinery.

Thembi offers the following 3 courses and if you want a full course you are welcome.
- Fascinators
- Full normal hats
Enquiries : Thembi Mabule - +27733300747 / 0733300747

Email :






Gloria Ojo is a reputable milliner in Nigeria and is the founder and Chief Creative Designer of Big & Beautiful Fashion Academy. As well as being happily married with children she also consults on the art of hat making in one of the foremost schools of fashion in Nigeria.

Big & Beautiful Fashion Academy designs and makes Hats, Fila Oges and Hair dresses for affluent women with traditional tastes and a chic sense of personal style. Gloria enjoys imparting her knowledge and skills gained over the years to individuals who are studious and ready to stand out in the world of creative design.

Contact:  Ekpemi Gloria Ojo on +234 (0)805 0880 440+234 (0)808 2685 191+234 (0)1 8170 828
’Big and Beautiful Fashion Academy’’  No 279  Iju Road, Rogo Bus Stop, Iju, Lagos – Nigeria