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Mastering Millinery

Mastering Millinery

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Chloe Scrivener


Students will learn through set practical projects and workshops the art and craft of millinery. Each term will focus on a new skill or technique, building to a 5 hat collection; alongside their hats students will come away with a folder of couture techniques and develop their understanding of the importance of millinery historically and in the fashion industry now, through guided research which will start to feed into their own design work.

Term 1 - Felt hats and Millinery Design

Exploring felt hats, blocking techniques and starting to look at millinery design with an introduction to the history of hat making, you will begin to develop your own visual language of millinery design.  Putting your designs into practice there will be a workshop on block making during this term. Students should aim to complete 2 felt hats, and make 1 block of their own design by the end of term 1.

Term 2 - Straws, Sinemay and Finishing Techniques

Extending your blocking skills you will explore and work with the more traditional summer weight fabric of straws in term 2.  You will also look at cocktail hats and fascinators, and the appropriate materials selection for your hats. To compliment your design work this term, there will be an exhibition/show visit, and couture workshops in feather trim techniques and flower making. Students aim to complete a blocked Straw hat and fascinator at the end of this term, along with a showcase of handmade flowers or feathers to dress their hats.

Term 3 - Pattern hats, Collections and Business Master Class

The final term sees you completing your 5-hat collection with a pattern hat.  Working with patterns students will learn how to cut, sew and finish a hat from a selection of hat patterns provided by the tutor. To complete the 30 weeks learning there will be a 1-day master class on starting your own millinery business, where students can present their collections and related design work, to a milliner working in industry to gain valuable feedback and advice.


Beginners. You should have an interest in millinery making and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

You may also be interested in other courses from our Mastering programme.

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

Dates: (Saturdays, delivered in three parts)

  • Term 1: 28 September 2019 - 30 November 2019 
    Felt hats / Millinery design / Block making
  • Term 2: 4 January 2020 - 7 March 2020 
    Straw hats / Fascinators / 1 day workshop on Flower Making / 1 day workshop on Feather Trims
  • Term 3: 18 April 2020 - 20 June 2020 
    Pattern hat / 1 day workshop - Start your own Millinery Business


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.

Payment plans:

Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of our Mastering Skills courses. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call: +44 20 7514 7552

Please note:

Due to the length of this course International Students who hold a passport from a country that is outside the EEA or Switzerland must already have immigration permission to stay in the UK which covers the full length of the course and has no restrictions on studying.

You may also by interested in:

Introduction to Millinery

Millinery 2

Millinery Intensive


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.

Read the HATalk e-magazine feature with mastering Millinery tutor Chloe.

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