Corina graduated from college and moved to New York in 2001 where she studied millinery at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Here she found millinery to be a natural fit for her love of fashion, history and sculpture. Corina Haywood Hat’s are the expression of her experimentation at the intersection of art and fashion. Working in Los Angeles, Corina sources her high-grade millinery materials from international and American manufacturers and uses back stock vintage pieces for special touches.
Corina has always had a love for handmade sculptural forms, as a girl she could be found building structures with sticks and rocks on camping trips in the summer. During the school year, Corina spent many afternoons at a local vintage store where she learned to appreciate the fashion and art of past eras. After graduating from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts where she explored non-traditional sculpture in their Visual Arts Program, Corina moved to San Francisco where she studied History and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. While in college, Corina’s love for handmade sculptural forms found expression in floral design and jewellery making.
Since 2001, Corina has made hats for custom clients, private label collections and retail stores in California, New York, Taiwan and Japan. Corina’s work has been featured in editorial spreads throughout her career and purchased for film and television productions.
Corina has been teaching free form hat-making classes to milliners and novices of all ages since 2009. Corina has taught at various locations in Los Angeles. Her teaching philosophy allows her students the freedom to create one of a kind pieces based on traditional and sculptural techniques. Corina encourages and assists her students to use their own inspirations and design instincts to create free-form hats and headpieces in felt, straw and crinoline.
Currently, Corina is offering private online courses and two online group millinery courses:
Free Form Parisisal Straw Beret/Tam
Sculpted Panama Straw Fedoras