Millinery Market – Milliner Directory2018-10-18T19:57:32+00:00

Millinery Market – Milliner Directory

Considering getting a bespoke hat made? We have some very talented milliners on Millinery Market who would love to help bring your vision to life.

Below you will find sample photos of their work and an overview of their style and experience to help you select a milliner to work with.

If this is your first time getting a bespoke piece made, check out Part 3 of the Ultimate Millinery Guide for some tips and advice. If you’re a milliner and would like to be featured, email hello@millinerymarket.com.au to find out how.

Claire Hahn
Caren Lee Millinery
Crazy Teapot
Moore Millinery Designs
Marilyn Van den Berg
Cessiah Alice Millinery
Maker Millinery
Keegan Mae Millinery
Victoria Jane Millinery
Bellinda Haase Millinery
Cynthia Jones-Bryson Millinery
Julie Herbert Millinery
Wendy Scully Millinery
Moh Deest Millinery
Kelly Louise Designs
Tara Kay Millinery

Claire Hahn

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1) Millinery Training

Claire is a self taught milliner with a background in fine arts and fashion styling.

2) Years of Experience

Claire made her first hat for a sewing competition when she was 11. However her commercial millinery journey began in 2011 when she saw a gap in the market for millinery that combined on trend style with function and affordability.

3) Millinery Style

Claire’s signature style is modern and on trend while perfectly balancing a fresh fashion forward approach with comfort and wearability.  Her ready to wear collection is a wide broom but carries her clean unfussy style across all of her designs.  Claire is renowned for the styling advice she offers to her clients. Claire’s impeccable taste and eye for balance is generously afforded to all her clients.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

Claire’s speciality is providing one of a kind stand out millinery at a more accessible price point. Claire’s work ethic and customer service is highly regarded- always willing to go the extra mile for her clients.

5) Prizes and Awards

Claire’s work has been awarded countless millinery awards and adorned many an award winning ensemble.  Most notably this year the winning sash at the 2018 Kentucky Derby Oaks. All ready this year Claire’s clients have won over 12 sashes with the Spring season underway there will undoubtedly be more to add to the success.

6) Location

Auckland, New Zealand.

7) Average Price

Ready to wear pieces: $170 – $240. Bespoke pieces: $185 – $300.

8) Contact

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Caren Lee Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Formal training with Rebecca Share, Jane Stoddart, Peter Jago, Serena Lindemann, Carole Maher, Rose Hudson, Elaine Mergard, Amanda Macor. Plus five years with Hat Academy.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2013 – 5 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

My millinery style is mostly understated elegance but I also love to do large artistic pieces as well.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I specialise in hand blocked perchers, winged pieces, boater hats and the use of alternative materials.

5) Prizes and Awards

My clients regularly win Fashions on the Field. I was a finalist in Brisbane Fashion Month 2017. I am about to do my third runway show.

6) Location

I am based in Brisbane.

7) Average Price

My average price for a bespoke hat hand blocked and hand stitched original is $250 – $400.

8) Contact

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Crazy Teapot (Brenda Lui)

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1) Millinery Training

Qualified Milliner and Fashion Designer:

  • Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design (completed in 2000 at Metropolitan Institute)
  • Multiple Intensive Millinery courses with Master Milliner Waltraud Riener who has become my mentor
  • Multiple Intensive Millinery online courses with Elaine Mergard
  • Other Intensive 1 day Millinery courses with Rebecca Share, Loraine Gill, Brenda Willson and Patty Carter

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2005 –  13 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

Creating for my brand Crazy Teapot there is signature feminine aesthetic to my millinery style with an eclectic mix of modern/ innovative designs and nods to vintage eras of the past.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I love working with a range of materials, some of my favourites for Spring are sinnamay, straws, braids, textiles such as silks, laces and leathers for flowers and trims. I am always on the lookout for new materials and technology to work with and experiment with such as vegan textiles like @Pinatex, thermos plastics like EVA foam and even 3D printing.

5) Prizes and Awards

I’ve only started entering Millinery competitions in the last year.

  • 2018 – Winner of the Hat blocks Australia Women’s Hat award
  • 2017 – 3rd Prize Millinery Award – Thoroughbred Spring Millinery Event
  • 2017 – Top 10 Millinery Finalist – Brisbane Fashion Month

My clients have won multiple Fashions on the Fields awards over the years.

6) Location

My home based studio is on Brisbane’s Northside at Bracken Ridge and available to see clients by appointment.

7) Average Price

Prices for my pieces range from $150 for something simple thru to $550 for a complex hat but average price is between $250-$350.

8) Contact

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Moore Millinery Designs (Irene Moore)

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1) Millinery Training

I enrolled at Kangan Institute, Richmond, Vic in 2013 where I studied for 3 years learning all types of Millinery Techniques from some of the best Milliners around. I completed my Cert II, Cert III and Cert IV in Millinery and graduated in 2015

Prior to starting my journey in Millinery, I was involved in Calisthenics for over 25 years with designing costumes and headwear. I was self-taught and wanted to learn professionally.

2) Years of Experience

Since graduation in 2015, I have been a professional Milliner for 3 years.

3) Millinery Style

I pride myself on bespoke and sophisticated headwear. I specialise in creating custom-made hats and headwear for all occasions, I have a particular interest in the racing carnivals around Australia and Internationally, also bridal wear, mother of the bride, wire work and beading to name a few.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I always like to keep up with the trend, but also enjoy being individual!

Boaters are always a favourite, also Bretons/Halo’s, and Beret’s. I enjoy going out the box and try different styles and shapes. I enjoy working with pressed metal and metallic flowers incorporating these into headbands and on hats.

5) Prizes and Awards

Moore Millinery Designs has won a variety of awards, with my pieces entering Fashion on the Fields around Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, winning entries including Derby Day 2015 and Adelaide Cup 2016. Country races winning entries including: Geelong Cup, Gunnedah Gold Cup, Clare Easter races.

The winner of Adelaide Cup 2016 wearing Moore Millinery Designs creation went on to represent South Australia in the National Finals Fashions on the Field held on Oaks day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2016. This headpiece and outfit combined successfully won the prestigious Title of the National Winner for 2016 Fashions on the Field.

I also enter individual competitions including: The Millinery Association of Australia competitions, Royal Melbourne show (winning numerous awards) MIMC (Melbourne & International Millinery Competition- placing top ten two consecutive years), Hattember (Placing in the top 10).

6) Location

Located in Geelong Victoria.

7) Average Price

Average price for a bespoke piece is between $400 – $600.

8) Contact

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Marilyn Van den Berg

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1) Millinery Training

MSIT Level 3 Millinery Course, Sessions under Rebecca Share, Ex Royal London milliner Ian Bennet, Two international millinery conventions and a London Hat week.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2010 –  8 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

Large brims, Dior & D&G inspired shapes, fashion forward but always elegant, seamlessly styled to compliment the whole outfit.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

Large brims, 3D pieces & full service styling.

5) Prizes and Awards

Featured on the runway at 2018 Spring NYFW. Various best dressed & best millinery in FOTF parades around the country. Featured in Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, Australian Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, Marilyn Van den Berg Millinery has been worn by celebrities and racing royalty.

6) Location

Brisbane, Australia

7) Average Price

$500 – $800

8) Contact

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Cessiah Alice Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

  • 2012 – Certificate II in Millinery at the Gordon Institute of TAFE, taught by Rebecca Share
  • 2013 – Hats off to Brisbane Millinery Convention (full week of classes)
  • 2014 – International Millinery Forum Wagga Wagga (full week of classes)
  • 2015 – Hats off to Brisbane Millinery Convention (full week of classes)
  • 2016 – International Millinery Forum Wagga Wagga (full week of classes)
  • 2017 – Hats off to Adelaide Millinery Convention (full week of classes)
  • As well as other various classes

2) Years of Experience

Technically nearly 7 years (since 2011), but my Mum (Victoria Henderson) has been making headpieces for over 20 years and I was taught by her from a young age.

3) Millinery Style

I would describe my style as vintage with a modern twist. I love flowers and they are seen in many of my pieces. I love the elegance of a simple, well crafted headpiece.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

My favourite material to block would have to be leather but I also love working with silk and traditional flower making techniques.

5) Prizes and Awards

My millinery has placed in various FOTF competitions

6) Location

Hobart, Tasmania

7) Average Price

$100-$400

8) Contact

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Maker Millinery (Rosey Phelan & Jenelle Basten)

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1) Millinery Training

BA in Fashion and Textile Design

Millinery training with Fiona Dixon Milliner

Hat Academy online courses

Sugar Flowers and cake decorating (which sounds crazy but is hugely beneficial in flower making!)

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2013 –  5 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

Rosey and Jenelle enjoy different textures, fabrics and techniques that allow us to create bespoke and innovative headwear. It is important to us that we are malleable and draw inspiration from current trends and clients personal style. We favour clean, refined and modern silhouettes.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

Leather flowers, silk abaca sculpture, embroidery and beading.

5) Prizes and Awards

Best Headwear Kalgoorlie Cup 2014, WA Country Cups Goldfields runner up 2016, WA Country Cups Great Southern FOTF winner 2017, WA County Cups Goldfields FOTF winner 2017, WA Country Cups Great Southern FOTF winner 2018, Best Headwear winner Leonora Cup 2018, Best Headwear Ipswich Cup 2018, Runner up FOTF winner Narrogin Cup 2018, Runner up FOTF winner Geraldton Cup 2018, Runner up FOTF winner Pinjarra Cup 2018

6) Location

Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

7) Average Price

$200-$300

8) Contact

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Keegan Mae Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Trained and accredited at Kangan Batman Safe – Richmond in Millinery (cert 2&3 Headwear/Millinery 2008 &2009). 3 Year Apprenticeship and full accreditation in Floristry – Majorie Milner (cert 2,3 and DIP 2006-2009). Multiple refresher courses and online courses to learn and trial new materials and ongoing trends.

2) Years of Experience

10 years of experience in Millinery – 3 Years of Launching my own brand and practising Millinery under my own name. 12 Years floral experience – which I believe goes hand in hand with millinery and keeps my skills and hands nimble. It also allows me to always remain creative and inspired being constantly in a creative environment.

3) Millinery Style

I am a black and white girl through and through. I love using luxe fabrics such as leather, vintage handwoven straws, freshwater pearls, veiling and more. I find inspiration in the natural world around me such as the flowering camellia bushes and the budding, blossoming trees in the springtime. Monochromatic palettes sing to me with this year also being influenced by French Provincial Stylings and old world screen sirens such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

A Milliner at heart who puts time and effort into each work of art. Every stitch is hand sewn, every petal is hand cut and shaped. I honour the Millinery art form whilst creating modern and striking designs for the fashion elite.

5) Prizes and Awards

Sale cup Lady of the Day – 2012
Best Millinery Xavier Ladies Luncheon – 2017
Sale cup Lady of the Day – 2017
Support Local Sale Marquee – Best Millinery – 2017
Jack Ryans Marquee Best Millinery – 2017
Bairnsdale Cup Lady of The day runner up – 2017
Lady of The day Singaporean Luncheon – 2017
Best Millinery Runner up Singaporean Luncheon- 2017
Best Millinery Runner up Khayaam Ladies Day – 2018

6) Location

By appointment / Studio based in Maffra, Victoria 3860

7) Average Price

Custom orders from $200. Ready to wear range begins from $145 through to $500. Varient depending on materials, time and overall aesthetic.

8) Contact

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Victoria Jane Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Studied for a year at the Melbourne Fashion Institute in Melbourne.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2013 –  5 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

I enjoy making Millinery that is feminine, with an understated elegance. I use bold colours and a mix of traditional and modern trimmings.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

My specialty would be including Intricate beading on my work. Headbands and crowns are my favourite shapes to use and I love applying pearls and crystals to create a truly unique piece.

5) Prizes and Awards

Winner – Word Wide Millinery MC1 – Ocean Theme competition

6) Location

North Melbourne, Australia

7) Average Price

$300 – $500

8) Contact

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Bellinda Haase Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Since starting on my millinery journey I have attended many workshops with various master milliners to fine tune my skills as well as completed many online classes via The Hat Academy. Some of my teachers have been Elaine Mergard, Waltraud Reiner, Rebecca Share, Jane Stoddart, Catherine Kelly, Ian Bennett, Peter Jago and Phillip Rhodes.

2) Years of Experience

My first millinery workshop was in 2012 with Elaine Mergard and I’ve been making and loving hats ever since.

3) Millinery Style

I like to vary the look and feel of all my pieces, but they generally all feature a vintage feel with a modern spin, whether it be a trim or a the shape of the hat that receives the contemporary stamp.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I work with a variety of materials, lace, leather, felt, silk, feathers and straw, but I do particularly like sinamay. It’s an amazing material when used well, it’s very versatile and I enjoy using it for both blocking as well as trims for my hats.

5) Prizes and Awards

Over the years I have made many hats for ladies entering racing fashion competitions, many of which have been successful in placing. I have won ‘Champion Millinery’ at Toowoomba Royal Show with one of my leather headpieces. One of my commissions was worn at the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

6) Location

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

7) Average Price

Ready to wear $150 – $350
Bespoke $200 – $400

8) Contact

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Cynthia Jones-Bryson Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Studied Fashion Design (3years full time) at Canberra Institute of Technology, Cert IV Millinery Canberra Institute of Technology, Courses in Theatrical and Historical Millinery with Jane Smith London. Many many courses with International Acclaimed Milliners.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2002 – 16 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

My brand is fun, feminine, bold and creative. My creations are wearable art and can be left on display long after the event is over. Combining traditional millinery techniques, innovative styling and insistence on top quality, my pieces speak for themselves.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques)

Love feathers but inspired by everything.

5) Prizes and Awards

Finalist Melbourne Cup Carnival Millinery Award 2014, Winner Melbourne Cup Carnival Millinery Award 2015, Best Hat Kentucky Derby 2017.

6) Location

Near Canberra, ACT, Australia

7) Average Price

Prices vary depending on materials used and hours.

8) Contact

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Julie Herbert Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Attended international millinery forum wagga wagga 2 years. Hats off Convention in Brisbane 1 year.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2014 –  4 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

Abstract, contemporary and sophisticated millinery for race goers and bridal.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

Bridal headpieces, veils and accessories, Race headpieces, Guipure Lace, swarovski, sinamay, straw, felt, silk abaca and leather.

5) Prizes and Awards

Runner up and Finalist 2015, 2016, 2017 Abia Bridal Accessories.
Winner 2018 – Bridal Accessories – Bridal Choice Awards.
Finalist – Oaks Day 2018 Millinery Award … current year.
Winner Best Millinery at various picnic races.

6) Location

I am based in Orange NSW where I have a studio, by appointment only at home and I have an online website and shop. I sell nationwide and globally. I have my pieces available at stockists at Ryde and Millthorpe. Pop up shop of my headpieces for sale at xterrace pop up shop Kensington, London UK.

7) Average Price

From $190 to $400.

8) Contact

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Wendy Scully Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

A qualified art and design teacher, I have trained in millinery in London, France and Australia.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2012 –  6 years experience. Prior to that, I had over 40 years experience as a sculptor and textile designer/teacher.

3) Millinery Style

I love to make hats that are classic in style and materials, including cloche and elegant 50s style pieces suitable for racing and even bridal, always with a twist of different style. I feel people need to wear a headpiece that suits, not just because it is ontrend.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I love to use vintage fabrics and hat blocks to create unique pieces. I also custom design many of my blocks so that they are totally unique. Each piece I create is a one only headpiece. I create spring racing as well as seasonal hats for summer and winter.

5) Prizes and Awards

  • 2018- Exclusive milliner for the Australian Chinese Jockey Club ‘Charity Event’ @silks at @crown
  • 2018- selected Exclusive milliner at ‘Head Way’ event @chadstone for Melbourne Racing Club
  • 2018 & 2017 – ‘Top 30 Milliner at XTERRACE Exhibition’ in London for LONDON HAT WEEK
  • 2016 & 2017 – selected Oaks Day Invitational Millinery Competition during Melb Cup Week
  • 2016 – Top Ten, Championships Day One FoTF
  • 2015 – Runner up in the Caufield Millinery Competition

6) Location

Melbourne

7) Average Price

Average headwear $190-400

8) Contact

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Moh Deest Millinery (Brianna Minuzzo)

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1) Millinery Training

I attended Waltraud Reiner’s Winter School in Rockhampton 2016. Impressed by my hand stitching, Waltraud invited me to Melbourne. I worked in a studio with Waltraud Reiner, Katrin (of Chaperon Hats), and Tamami from Japan for almost two months. Together we created an incredible collection of hats, “Talking Hats” where we explored the process of making these hats through metaphors. I spent almost 2 months in Waltraud’s studio where I learnt an incredible amount of skills. Since then I have attended Waltraud’s Summer School and Winter School every year where I have become a part of a very special family.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2016 –  2 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

I would describe myself as a minimalist in design. I’m not one to ‘decorate’. I would rather show off technique. For example, the hard work that goes into blocking a shape to make all of those edges smooooth, and say, the passion of sculpting a beautiful curve. Playing with ‘line’ makes my mind dance.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I tend to go through phases of playing and experimenting with certain materials at a time. In Spring 2017 I was obsessed with Jin-Sin, this Spring I’m all about Parasisal Straw! Continued learning and having a wide range of skills to work with many materials is the goal!

5) Prizes and Awards

At this stage Moh Deest Millinery hasn’t entered any Millinery competitions but is hoping to in the near future. However, clients have had the pleasure of being sashed in fotf in ‘Best Millinery’ and ‘Best Dressed Lady’ categories.

6) Location

I am currently based in North Queensland, working from my little in home studio and mainly selling online.

7) Average Price

$300+

8) Contact

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Kelly Louise Designs

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1) Millinery Training

I am predominately a self-taught milliner who has been guided by many vintage millinery manuals and have refined my millinery skills by attending short classes with world-renowned and Australian milliners including Ian Bennett, Neil Grigg, Serena Lindeman, Janelle Rayner and Lorraine Gill.

2) Years of Experience

I have been making Millinery since 2009 – 9 years experience. Prior to becoming a Milliner I used to be an exhibiting artist/painter.

3) Millinery Style

I would describe my style as a mix of classic elegance and clean modern lines.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I specialise in feather and silk flowers and love to combine these with a beautifully blocked straw or leather base.

5) Prizes and Awards

Winner – Classic Lady, Cairns IGA Raceday – 2017
Winner – fascinators.net Millinery Award, Cairns Cup – 2016
Winner – Gascoyne Regional Heat, WA Country Cup – 2016
Winner – Lady of the Turf, Cairns Century Cranes Ladies and Tradies Race Day – 2016
Runner Up – Best Millinery, Blackall Races – 2014
Winner – Best Dressed Cairns Silks Pavilion Melbourne Cup Lunch – 2014

6) Location

I am based in the gorgeous tropical city of Cairns in Queensland.

7) Average Price

My bespoke pieces start at $250 and go up to $600 depending on the materials used and difficulty of the design.

8) Contact

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Tara Kay Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

I started enrolling in millinery courses at the Hat Academy and am planning to get my certificate and join Millinery Association of Australia.

2) Years of Experience

Since April 2018.

3) Millinery Style

As I am very new to this, I am still finding myself.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

Leather crowns would be the one if I must choose. But as I said before, I am stil learning.

5) Prizes and Awards

N/A

6) Location

Newcastle, NSW.

7) Average Price

$220

8) Contact

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