Ian Bennett MA (RCA) Is an independent milliner who creates headpieces and hats, often referred to as 'wearable sculpture'. Ian started his journey in millinery at the Royal College of Art, during which he won the coveted Karl Lagerfeld scholarship .Over his 20 year hat making history, he has created pieces for Thierry Mugler, Burberry and one of the most innovative english design duos - Boudicca. His work has also been seen on television, on the BBC's 'The Lost Prince" (where he won an Outstanding Contribution to film costume award from the American Emmys ). Ian is currently involved in millinery for The English National Opera on a 'Pilgrims Progress' and the Leicester curve's Interpretation Of 'Hello Dolly'.
As well as film and theatre, he has worked on many different projects, the most recent being The Grazia Magazine /HATWALK Project working as one of Englands top 21 milliners to create a headpiece for an iconic London statue - his contribution being 'The Duke of Wellington Outside the Bank of England'. Ian also creates bespoke headwear for individual clients, which have included Alison Goldfrapp and Madonna. In 2011 Ian was invited by Miss Angela Kelly M.V.O to help create millinery for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Working within Buckingham Palace, with Her Majesty, Ian helped create the feather piece for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic games as well as contributing to many other feather pieces and hats as part of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Tour.