In 1999, Laura Del Villaggio earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. FIT’s unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that provided a strong foundation for a millinery career, especially when combined with Laura’s previous experience in apparel design, fashion history and textile arts.
Laura designs under the label “Milli Starr” and her hats have been featured on film and stage, on the runway with collections by L.A.M.B. and Daniel Esquivel (Project Runway) and in numerous print magazines. She is a member of the Milliners Guild (NY). Examples of her work can be seen at
With 16 years of professional experience, Laura proudly adheres to the highest standards of craftsmanship and enjoys sharing those techniques with a new generation of milliners. She has an Austin, Texas-based studio and offers private lessons throughout the year. Group classes of 4-6 students are offered in Summer months. For rates and details, please contact Laura at
“Your patient teaching method, in-depth coverage of everything necessary for a quality hat, and enjoyable personality made for a fantastic class. Thank you for a wonderful millinery experience!” ~ Marianne, 2015