Makers

The exhibition ‘Unveiled - The Craft of Millinery’ brings together 14 milliners, chosen for their diverse designs and unique skills, to give an insight into the particular workings and craftsmanship of each. Supported by Fenwick and The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers, and is hosted by The ArtWorkers Guild.

Rachel Trevor-Morgan

Rachel Trevor-Morgan

Established in 1990, Rachel Trevor-Morgan has built a thriving and successful millinery business. Rachel operates from her 17th century atelier in London St James's where she delivers private client commissions. Her mission is to provide her clients with the perfect hat or headpiece.

She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

In January 2014 Rachel was granted the Royal Warrant for HM The Queen.

www.racheltrevormorgan.com

Edwina Ibbotson

Edwina Ibbotson

Edwina started her Millinery business in 1991, and has been working from her shop in Battersea, London for the last 19 years. She studied millinery at The Fashion Institute (FIT) New York and The London College of Fashion, as well as doing private classes with some of the world’s finest milliners. Her work experience in Paris and for a top London milliner, also added to her couture millinery skills.

Edwina’s work is bespoke, each piece is totally hand crafted. She works directly with her clients and their designers to create individual one off pieces to compliment their style, outfit, occasion and location of their special day. Edwina’s pieces are feminine, glamorous and comfortable to wear. The most important part of a hat to her is the silhouette, along side the craftsmanship . Each piece is designed to look beautiful from all angles. She and her team aim to make the most perfect piece for each and every client , Her work is a labour of love.

www.edwinaibbotson.com

Noel Stewart

Noel Stewart

Noel Stewart takes his inspiration from contemporary art and architecture and using his extensive skills and experience modernises millinery to create a fresh and elegant approach to how we dress the head. Noels collections combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship with contemporary innovation.

www.noelstewart.com

Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy

Exquisite handcrafted sculptural masterpieces showcase the fantastical imagination of this quietly spoken Irishman who, for over 25 years has created couture hats that draw admiration and surprise in equal measure and transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Philip Treacy has been rewarded with an honorary OBE granted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2007 for his service to the British fashion industry and the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards – five times.

Using fashion catwalk as his platform around the world to inspire and to challenge people’s perception of the hat. Clients include the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Gaga, Grace Jones, Madonna and Kate Moss.

www.philiptreacy.co.uk

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Born in Cheshire, and schooled in Liverpool, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a student at St Martins; after dark he was one of that era's uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub - always crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design.

By 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London's Covent Garden. Those premises soon became a place of pilgrimage and patronage, as everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Diana, Princess of Wales, identified Jones as the milliner who would help them make arresting headlines. Thirty-five years later, Jones's era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele which includes, Rihanna, Dita von Teese, Mick Jagger, and the Princesses.

Now, as ever, at the forefront of fashion, his beguiling hats routinely grace the most celebrated magazine covers and enliven window displays of the world's most stylish stores. From runways to race-courses, from pop-promos to royal garden parties, millinery by Stephen Jones adds the exclamation mark to every fashion statement.

www.stephenjonesmillinery.com

Bridget Bailey

Bridget Bailey

Bridget Bailey is known for her artworks and her millinery.

She studied textiles - always a strong influence in her work - and made her first millinery collection in 1984 for Jean Muir. In 1989, she co-founded the Bailey Tomlin millinery brand, selling to clients from Liberty and Saks Fifth Avenue to the V&A.

Bridget now works as an artist making one-off pieces for exhibitions and commissions. She’s earned a reputation for combining intriguing ideas and observations with her very particular textile and millinery skills.

Exhibitions include Mad for Tea at Fortnum and Mason, Crafted, Makers of the Exceptional at the Royal Academy, Made London Marylebone, and UNVIELED the Craft of Millinery at the Art Workers Guild. Bridget lectures about her career, gives making demonstrations, and has an international reputation for her masterclasses in her textile and millinery techniques.

www.bridgetbailey.co.uk

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

Justin Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art, with an MA in Millinery after studying the discipline for 6 years. He began his brand J Smith Esquire following the critical acclaim of his 2007 graduation show. From the outset, Justin has produced his own collections, from his 'Dance With Me' A/W 2008 collection to his latest collection called 'Gold'. Over the past ten years he has been involved with fashion weeks all over the world, including collaborations with designers from Stella McCartney to Moschino.

Justin’s work maintains a constant presence in the press and has been displayed in galleries from Sydney to London's V&A. Several pieces are in the hands of international collectors and museums, such as the FIT in New York. Increasingly his work has featured in major motion pictures such as Star Wars, and the Man from U.N.C.L.E, and Maleficent.

Known as the artist of the millinery world for pushing the boundaries of the tradition, Justin's design, teaching and consultation skills are greatly in demand. He passionately upholds the traditions of millinery, whilst redefining classic headwear, challenging conventions and technique alike. While J Smith Esquire's bespoke work includes a prestigious portfolio of clients and a newly opened shop in Islington’s de Beauvoir Quarter, Justin continues to push his brand globally.

www.jsmithesquire.com

Karen Henriksen

Karen Henriksen

Karen Henriksen brings a milliner's aesthetic and craftsmanship to everyday headwear, combining a singular approach to design and pattern-cutting with a passion for beautiful and practical (mostly British) fabrics. Her hats are instantly recognisable, striking a carefully considered balance between elegance, innovation and functionality.

While studying at the Royal College of Art, Karen’s experiments with asymmetric pattern-cutting led to her re-interpretation of a traditional English icon, the flat cap. She graduated in 2003 and has since become known for re-visiting other classic styles such as the peaked cap, the fedora, the cloche and the beret.

Karen designs and makes her men’s, women’s and couture collections entirely in her London studio at Cockpit Arts, where she established the brand in 2005. She is also the author of ‘Design and Make Fashion Hats’ (A&C Black 2009) - a practical, detailed and inspiring guide to millinery.

www.karenhenriksen.co.uk

Piers Atkinson

Piers Atkinson

Piers Atkinson launched his first collection of luxury, handmade headpieces in 2008, the collection contained elements of his roots; from fashion and theatre to sculpture and the wild, energetic excesses of the London club scene. Piers creates a new collection of couture pieces each season. Each design sits on the knife edge between classic sophistication and outré wit, embodied by the now-famous Hyper-Cherry headpiece first seen on Japanese Vogue’s editor on the front row at Gucci.

Each piece is created by Atkinson and his team of craftspeople in his East London studio, using couture skills ranging from leatherwork, embroidery and traditional hat-blocking to gold leafing, prop-making and hand-beading.

The glamorous nature of Piers’ designs are de rigueur at events and parties and have been seen on stylish women (and some men) around the world from Rio to Tokyo, from London to LA. He has dressed such icons as Andrea Dellal, Beyonce, Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Olympia, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Dame Joan Collins and Dame Zandra Rhodes. The Princesses of York and Dame Shirley Bassey have worn his hats at Ascot.

www.piersatkinson.com

Sophie Beale

Sophie Beale

Sophie Beale Millinery is conceptual and innovative, yet flattering and sophisticated. Each piece is hand crafted with a chic flair and minimal fuss. Named Britain’s hottest new milliner in 2012, Sophie Beale has won multiple awards including the British Fashion Council and Grazia magazine’s national Hat Factor competition, which celebrated Britain’s finest millinery in association with the London Olympics.

The brand has been part of Headonism for five seasons, an initiative supporting the nation’s most unique millinery talent, curated by Stephen Jones OBE and the British Fashion Council. The brand has featured on the cover of Royal Ascot’s Style Guide and was part of The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective 2017 in association with Fenwick. Sophie also made appearances on Channel 4 as a millinery expert in the lead up to Ascot 2015.

Prior to working with a wide range of world-renowned milliners, Sophie studied the highly regarded HNC Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College, where she now teaches.

www.sophiebealemillinery.com

Harvy Santos

Harvy Santos

Harvy Santos is a London-based milliner who creates hats and couture headpieces that fuse traditional techniques with new materials, and timeless elegance with 21st century fun. Featuring exquisite details and fine lines, his fearless fashion pieces are all unique creations entirely handmade from luxurious materials in his London studio.

Born in the Philippines, Harvy began his career as a professional ballet dancer in the Hong Kong Ballet, where he danced in all its major productions for six seasons, including tours around the world. He studied millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College and has worked for The Royal Opera House, Noel Stewart, and Stephen Jones. His classical training, both on stage and in the workshop, continues to inform his elegantly energetic work.

Winner of multiple awards for his work, Harvy was named The HAT Magazine's Hat Designer of the Year in 2013. His hats have appeared in various magazines like FT How to Spend It, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar China,Telegraph, Tatler, T, and W. His hats featured in the Royal Ascot style guide, and have been worn by pop divas including Hebe Tien and Lady Gaga.

In 2015 Harvy was selected to join Headonism, the British Fashion Council’s initiative celebrating the new wave of British milliners, and participated for the next three years. Harvy's hats are on display in the National Museum of Scotland and Spielzug Welten Museum in Switzerland. In 2018 Harvy was honoured with a major solo exhibition ‘Eight Seasons’ at Portugal’s Museu da Chapelaria, and a visit from Her Majesty the Queen during February's London Fashion Week.

www.harvysantos.com

The Season Hats

The Season Hats

Paul Stafford holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, which forms the basis for his scientific and engineered approach to construction. He trained in traditional technique under Rachel Trevor-Morgan (milliner to HRH The Queen) developing an attention to the finest details and skilled handwork. During his MA in Fashion Womenswear specialising in Millinery, from the Royal College of Art, Paul refined his approach to design, how he works with materials, and defining his softly geometric aesthetic.

Paul's engineered yet playful approach works with each material's properties and integrates materials in innovative ways. Beautifully high-fashion with a desirable minimalism, The Season Hats has a unique style, offering contemporary refinement combined with wearability.

Collections are exhibited at London Fashion Week as part of the BFC’s NEWGEN Accessories, having previously been selected for Stephen Jones's Headonism initiative.

www.theseasonhats.com

Jo Miller

Jo Miller

Jo Miller has a background as an artist and originally studied a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. From the North of England, she relocated to London in 2011 to re-train in millinery. She studied an HNC in Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College and went on to study a two year MA in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. After graduating in 2014, she worked for three years full time in Stephen Jones model department, honing her millinery skills and understanding of the industry.

She was chosen in 2015 to be a resident milliner at Sarabande Studios, set up by the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation to support young designers pushing the boundaries of their field. Here, she spent two years building up her experience of collaborating on headwear with other designers in fashion, alongside developing her own practice.

Today, she focuses on creating her own collections under the label, Miller in London.

www.jomillerstudio.com

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Jane Smith started making hats for theatre and film in 1968, and works in felt, straw, buckram, plastic and fabric in her London studio. A leading figure in theatrical millinery, she makes uniform caps and hats, naval bicornes, chapeau bras, top hats and many more. Her work features widely in television, film and theatre.

Current films her hats can be seen in are 'All is True', 'Stan and Ollie', 'Tulip Fever', and 'Darkest Hour' and on stage - 'Warhorse', 'The Importance of Bring Ernest' and Noel Cowards 'A Song at Twilight' at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

www.janesmithhats.co.uk