Monday, 29 December 2008

Hats meet fashion props!

Recently i spent a lovely weekend with Fred Butler( of Fredbutlerstyle) teaching her at my studio on one of my weekend millinery courses. Her own work involves making fantastic and fabulous props for fashion shoots and other glamorous events. She proved to be a very able and clearly talented maker and mind and we had a great time chatting about the Cockettes, fabrics, colours, glitter and how to wear that all important hat! Have a look at her blog and be amazed at her creations - they're great. -

Friday, 14 November 2008

Millinery Classes

Since the middle of the year i have been holding monthly weekend courses in hat making. With a maximum of six students in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere the courses have focused 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.

I have 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 hat of your own design as well as pick up all sorts of tips for maintaining and updating any old hats you have. If you live in London or are interested in my hats and classes then feel free to email me and ask any questions you have.

Red Laise

Red Laise
This twin enclosure hat is covered in a fabric called laise, made by weaving fine pieces of straw in and out of a cotton base. It is not commonly used today and in fact this is a vintage piece from the 1940's. The inside is lined with a floral silk brocade.

White Cotton Sun Hat

White Cotton Sun Hat
This soft white cotton sun hat is based on an early 20th century French beach hat. It fits snugly on the head and gives an amazing amount of protection from the sun. The image i based it on was of a child on the beach in the south of France. I imagine the sun was as strong there as it is today in other less ozone protected parts of the world.

Cats Tail Peak

The Cats Tail
This perch hat is made of russet red faux fur with a peak of knitted cellophane. The cheeky curling tail is luxuriously silky soft in contrast to the impossibly sparkly peak.

Shell Form
Side and back views.
Shell Form
This hat draws on influences from nature, the medieval era and the 1940's. A seemingly unusal meeting of ideas and yet one that i think works in this stylish and contemporary hat.
The base is a sleek swirling flat pile faux fur with a vintage 1940's veiling.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Synamay Twist

A synamay twist with rolled edge chartreuse synamay ribbon. The finishing touch is a gold and raspberry marabou pom pom.
This little fascinator is easy to wear and can be made in a range of colour combinations to suit your outfit.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Miss Manta Ray

I call this hat Miss Manta Ray due partly to it's stingray like shape and partly to the elegantly floating diva quality.
This broad brimmed shape is covered in a knitted cellophane fabric which sparkles exquisitely under light. The stronger the better.
This hat was made for a runway show but i have also made the same shape in a honey coloured synamay with matching train for a wedding.


A red wool felt pillbox hat with matching veil. A simple and yet dramatic hat with a hint of the 1940's vamp about it. Available in many different colours.

Pale Pink Fascinator

This fascinator is made of pale pink synamay with arrowhead quill trimming. Delicate and light.

My World

This collar piece is made on an espartre base with black woven cellophane and hand beaten lilac silk velvet. It was made for a London runway show.

Black feather and veil Alice

This is an alice band with a selection of coq feathers and a chenille spotted veil. Easy to wear with dramamtic effect. Available in many different colours.