I added another string to my bow some years ago when I created a collection of chic hair accessories with ribbons normally used to decorate gifts. This was followed by an opportunity to learn from the best; milliner Sean Barrett whose exquisite hats are regularly seen on screen in productions including The Crown and Downton Abbey. He was inspiring, encouraging and sharing both with his time and techniques. Never having sewn a stitch in my life, I left after only a weekend workshop with my creative floodgates flung open!
I was keen but a novice so it was terrifying when I started to be recommended to others. One of the first was a lady who had wanted a ring-shaped cocktail hat draped with netting. What a joy – and relief – that she loved what I made. Since then I’ve made fascinators for many special occasions including a music industry charitable event that had heads spinning when guests realised the host’s headwear included a 45rpm vinyl record!
At a summer school at the London College of Fashion led by one of royal milliner Philip Sommerville’s team I was encouraged to continue with my millinery designs for the wedding party. That was good advice as they have proven very popular with mothers of both the bride and groom. Deborah got in touch when her daughter was getting married. She wrote “I was really delighted with my fascinator. It was very comfortable and complemented my outfit. Many of the wedding guests commented on the fascinator and what I liked best is that I knew no one else would be wearing one the same. It was fun coming along to your studio and choosing the ribbons and beads and discussing what I wanted. Next time I need a fascinator I would definitely like to ask you to make it.”
Here is what others wrote about my bespoke designs
Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss me designing something special for your upcoming event. My creations often include a selection of beads, pearls, wire, faux gemstones, feathers and quills as well as assorted ribbons and fabric.