FABULOUS FACULTY

FABULOUS FACULTY

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IAN BENNETT - England

Ian Bennett MA (RCA) has a love of millinery that extends well beyond the mere process of hat-making.

His millinery is sculptural, wearable and crafted purposefully to enhance each individual garment in order to extend a personality that will make you feel like a million dollars! That is the feeling Ian always strives to re-create for each person who wears one of his creations.
Ian has loved creating millinery for the English National Opera and the many actors in film and costume dramas including Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson as well as special headwear for HM Queen Elizabeth II and Madonna.
Ian's 25 year career in hat making includes winning the prestigious Hat Magazine Hat Designer of the Year award; working for Royal milliners Frederick Fox, Philip Sommerville and Graham Smith, and with Stephen Jones and Siggi Hats in their incredible workrooms. When he looks back Ian recognizes that his love for hats is all about drama, perfection, excitement, love and passion. The value of winning the Karl Lagerfeld scholarship and making hats for H.M the Queen at Buckingham Palace have been just two of the many highlights Ian has enjoyed throughout his career.
To view some of Ian's creations visit http://instagram.com/thehatteruk
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EDWINA IBBOTSON - England

Edwina is one of Britains top Couture milliners, Studying Millinery at FIT in New York and LCF in London, and private classes with well known British and French milliners, she built on her Couture millinery skills working for a top London Milliner, and through work experience in Paris.
Founded in 1991, Edwina's Millinery Business quickly grew enabling her to open her own shop in Battersea London almost 20 years ago, where she has been teaching and sharing her skills.

Edwina’s work is bespoke each piece is totally hand made. She works directly with her clients and their designers to create totally individual one off pieces to compliment the clients style, outfit, and the occasion of their special day. Her work is feminine, elegant and glamorous. The most important part of the hat to her is the silhouette, and each piece is designed to look beautiful from all angles. All her works are a labour of Love.
www.EdwinaIbbotson.co.uk to see a selection of her work
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GALINA KOFOD - Australia

Originally from Russia, Galina now works and lives in Australia and is known for the techniques she has developed in flower making.

Her journey began working with leather and gems in creation of jewelry. After extensive study of silk flower making with the Japanese Somebana school, Galina created her own method of using leather in the creation of flowers, achieving a perfect reflection of nature.
Galina's latest innovation is using EVA foam in flower making for millinery. Having taught her techniques all over the world, we are excited to have her join us at MMU 2018.
To view her exquisite work visit http://www.galelina.com.au
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DIRK-JAN KORTSCHOT & MARCEL DE LEEUW - De Hoedenmaker - The Netherlands


Introducing Dirk-Jan & Marcel of De Hoedenmaker (the Hatter). Dirk-Jan began his millinery career in 1992 and joined forces with Marcel in 2010 to form De Hoedenmaker. The visual design skills of Marcel adds the spark to explode their creativity together. 1+1=3!!

They deliver high quality pieces to individual clients, make hats for Victor & Rolf, and have a men’s collection debuting in January 2018.
Their many awards include first place Creativity Award International Hat Design competition in Beijing, China and three times a finalist inHat Designer of the Year in London, England. www.dehoedenmaker.nl
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LOUISE MACDONALD - Australia

MMU 2018 welcomes Louise Macdonald from Melbourne Australia! Louise is one of Australia's leading millinery educators drawing upon her millinery training in the UK and her vast experience. While in London, Louise worked as a theatrical milliner for BBC costume dramas and films before transitioning to fashion millinery.

Louise's millinery business offers bespoke as well as ready-to-wear exquisite creations. The Spring racing Carnival is a major focus and Louise has created a spring range for Hugo Boss stores in Melbourne for the last 12 years!
You can see more of Louise Macdonald Milliner's designs on her website www.millinery.com.au
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PHILLIP RHODES - Australia

We welcome Phillip Rhodes from Australia to our line-up of superb millinery tutors! Phillip has made a career from creating original hats across many areas of endeavour. Originally trained through traditional workroom techniques, Phillip's impeccable finishes and detail are reflected in his fashion millinery.

Working in London for several years with Berman and Nathan costumiers, Phillip expanded into theatrical millinery for the West End theatres, the film industry, and television.
Phillip's handiwork has been on show in productions Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast in theatres across the globe. He has also made headwear for national advertising campaigns, television serials and major motion pictures. In London, he made hats for Joan Collins, Kim Cattrall and Joanna Lumley.
Upon returning to Australia, Phillip became head of Millinery with the Australian Ballet, creating the headwear for entire ballets that are still in repertoire, but the call of the wild saw him return to working for himself. He has since made hats for shows such as Sunset Boulevard, Sisterella, Moonshadow, and Eureka, and for the Singapore Ballet's Sleeping Beauty, and Queensland Balllet's Cinderella.
Phillip is the Head Milliner for the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Victorian Opera. He also creates bespoke millinery for the fashionable Australian racing season.
To see Phillip's work visit his website,
http://www.philliprhodes.com.au/collections.html
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VLADIMIR STRATICIUS - Spain

Introducing Vladimir Straticiuc of Vladimir Tocados Millinery. (Vlad 'Strad a shook') Now living in Spain, Vladimir began his millinery journey by starting in fashion design with an extensive background in textile design.

You can see from his impeccable finishes and his special sense of color why Vlad is a winner of numerous international millinery awards and competitions. Each Haute Couture piece is unique with a broad color palette featuring sinamay and lace textures while applying different types of feathers and beads.
We'll announce Vlad's specific course titles very soon, but in the mean time visit his website to experience his magic! vladimirtocados.com