At the age of sixteen, after attending trade school, I began an aprenticeship with Rudolf and have now been a milliner for over 40 years. I finished my training at twenty-three and left Rudolf’s employment to gain experience with other prominent milliners of the day, such as Mitzi Lorenz, Verniers, Langee, Otto Lucas, Bermans Theatrical and Frederick Fox. During this time I made hats for many celebrities and members of the Royal Family. After seven years I returned to work for Rudolf who, as well as making hats for many eminent people and theatrical productions, was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Milliner.

I left full-time employment after Rudolf’s death in 1982, but continued to work with his partner Miss Joy Quested Nowell until her death, making hats for the Queen Mother. I continued this honour under my own label and as a Royal Warrant holder until Her Majesty’s death.

At the same time I have maintained my teaching commitments both with the Local Authority Adult Education classes and privately. I have always loved teaching and passing on the skills of my trade to others. Students have come from countries around the world including Africa, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Europe and of course all over the UK. Many of these students have returned to their homelands to take up employment in the trade and have become successful milliners.

I believe millinery should be taught as a traditional craft. My aim is that students should experience pleasure in designing original creations and if they so choose, go on to become successful milliners in their own rights. For many years I organised trips to Royal Ascot for students who under my tuition had designed and made hats. These creations attracted a great deal of interest from the media. Four of my students have now been successful applicants of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.

Fully qualified professional tuition. All aspects of traditional millinery covered, Small classes therefore individual attention. Millinery courses run as workshops that are suitable for all levels of experience.


There are daily millinery classes every week, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, from 10am to 3pm, throughout the year.

Skills taught on the millinery course:

  Block making – Spartre and buckram
  Making a dolly
  Millinery stitch techniques
  Sizing – pattern making
  Fabric hats from flat pattern
  Blocked fabric hats
  Felt hats
  Straw hats
  Leather hats
  Decorative hatpins and combs
  Flower making
  Cocktail hats
  Bridal head-dresses including various veiling

Courses are held at:
Shrewsbury House
Bushmoor Crescent
London SE18 3EG

Call Rose for further details:
Tel: 020 8856 6170
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