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Introduction to Millinery

Introduction to Millinery

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Chloe Scrivener, Jessica Broas


On this millinery course we'll introduce you to the technical skills for blocking and shaping straw and felt hats. We'll show you professional techniques and help you develop the correct manipulative skills, while learning how to use a range of specialist traditional equipment. You'll learn a range of decorative techniques and methods of professionally finishing hats, as well as measuring the head and fitting a hat. You will be encouraged to develop your design abilities and feeling for style.

Most students should produce two hats during the course, depending on the chosen design and materials.


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Chloe Scrivener began her career with the Queen’s former milliner Philip Somerville. She then continued her training at Philip Treacy where she worked in both his London studio and assisted at haute couture shows in London, Paris and New York. In 2000 she began her own millinery business and quickly obtained commissions from a diverse range of clients including theEnglish National Opera where she created millinery for Antony Mingella’s Madam Butterfly. Recent projects have included commission from other milliners such as Bailey Tomlin and Piers Atkinson and teaching projects in conjunction with the Barbican’s Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion exhibition.

Jessica Broas is an American born, London based milliner. Jessica studied Fine Art at Rhode Island School of Design in the States and Goldsmiths College in the UK. Her artwork has been shown around the world in numerous group and solo shows. Jessica's influences are broad and eclectic, from clouds to the sculpture of Christo, from the flamboyant designs of Schiaparelli to the flora and fauna of the streets of Hackney, where she resides. Juxtaposing these influences; combining the traditional and the contemporary has remained central to her work. Personal history is a major source of inspiration. Jessica worked for Jeff Koons in his New York City studio in the early Noughties. It is here that she discovered the importance of materials, their ability to convey meaning and how they affect a finished artwork. Having worked in architecture, written and performed in an all-girl rock band Jessica took a step sideways and undertook a personal journey; learning couture millinery from Rose Cory and how to harness ones creative influences and artistic vision into a wearable hat from milliner Piers Atkinson along the way. Pushing boundaries and innovation with materials, design and craft in millinery is a driving force in her work. Jessica has also been teaching at LCF for several years, on various Millinery courses.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Needles (millinery sizes, 6, 7 & 8 or a mixed pack of 3-9)
  • Thimble
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric and paper scissors
  • 100% Polyester thread in black and white (100m rolls will be sufficient)
  • Tailors chalk or tailors pencil
  • Apron
  • Household pins (26 x 0.75mm)
  • Dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
  • Cling film
  • Pencil, pen, sharpener, rubber and ruler
  • Notebook

Other useful items you may wish to bring include:

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Cellotape

Please allow at least £40 to purchase fabrics and trimmings for this course. Advice will be given on the selection and purchase of these items and participants will be encouraged to visit suppliers to make appropriate purchases before or after each class.

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