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Millinery: Intensive

Millinery: Intensive

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Chloe Scrivener


This two week intensive millinery course has been designed to cover all the key elements of 'Introduction to Millinery' and 'Millinery 2'. The course will introduce the technical skills needed for blocking and shaping straw and felt. It will also allow you to develop your understanding of design, proportion, balance and the application of colour: taking your basic millinery knowledge a stage further.

The course will include

  • An introduction to professional millinery techniques
  • How to use a range of specialist traditional equipment
  • Introduction to a range of decorative techniques and methods of professionally finishing hats
  • Measuring the head and fitting the hat
  • How to select from a wide range of woven and knitted fabrics, felts and straw and how to appropriately apply them to your designs
  • The selection and use of a variety of foundation materials
  • Introduction to the art of draping fabrics as either a trimming or for a whole hat
  • Techniques for blocking felt, straw and foundation materials thus enabling you to further develop your manipulation skills

Most students will produce 2 hats (1 felt, 1 straw) during the course, depending upon the speed with which you work.

Student testimonials:

“The tutor was one of the best tutors I ever meet. She was very nice and patient. She encouraged us to to be creative and helped with useful tips when there was a problem. Also, you could notice that she really knows what she is talking about because she has had the experience.” - Patrizia, Millinery Intensive

“Chloe Scrivener is an excellent instructor. Knowledgeable, helpful, cheerful, energetic, encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and aim to put my newly acquired skills to make and sell hats. It was absolutely worth the time and expense of travel from the USA to attend this short course.” - Laurie, Millinery Intensive



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.


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
  • Polyester thread (black and white and any other colour to match the hat you are making)
  • Tailors chalk
  • Apron
  • Household pins (26 x 0.75mm), dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
  • Cling film
  • Pencil, pen, eraser, ruler and notebook
  • Sticky tape

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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