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Find out about the different clients, industries & events that you could create hats for, and why not every type of millinery is the same.

Sarah Lomax, Vesna Pesic and Claire Strickland, three of Morley’s expert millinery tutors reveal their experience and skill in creating headwear for couture, special occasions, catwalk, stage and screen. Learn how the intended use and client impacts the materials, techniques and processes used in hat making.

Vesna Pesic is a Millinery designer/maker/tutor who has worked for 20 years in the fashion industry. Vesna has worked for renowned milliner Stephen Jones, making hats to the highest standards for celebrity clients and members of The Royal Family. She has also created pieces for millinery collaborations with designers such as Mark Jacobs, Comme des Garcons, John Galliano, Schiaparelli, Donna Karan, Thom Browne and Jil Sander. Vesna’s work has also featured in publications including Arts Thread, Hat Magazine, Attire Accessories, Dazed Digital and Vogue online.

Sarah Lomax has worked in millinery for close to 30 years since serving as an apprenticeship with Frederick Fox making hats to the highest standards for The Queen and other members of The Royal family and celebrity clients. Over the years Sarah has worked for other top milliners and on theatrical productions and now has a partnership with a long-time friend and fellow milliner. Together they work out of a studio in East Sussex under the label Lomax and Skinner designing and creating couture millinery for all occasions.

Claire Strickland is a designer, maker milliner based in London. Claire served a 5-year apprenticeship in the millinery workroom of Royal Warrant holders James Lock & Co Hatters. Under the guidance of master craftswoman Sylvia Fletcher, she developed skills in traditional couture millinery and bespoke dyeing. Claire has over 10 years experience of working within a team to realise a costume designer’s vision. Her creations have been seen in Doctor Who, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Madame Tussauds, BBC Musketeers, London’s West End, Secret Cinema’s Star Wars and Moulin Rouge immersive theatre experiences as well as many regional UK theatres. Claire designs and sells her own fashion hats from her showroom in Hackney, based within independent boutique ‘Wall & Jones’. Her work has been featured in Selvedge Magazine, The HAT Magazine, Canary Wharf Magazine and The Tatler website. She has written articles for The HAT Magazine.

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