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LAURA WHITLOCK - United States

Laura Whitlock fell in love with millinery as a student of costume design. There was something about the sculptural nature and human scale of hats that she found endlessly appealing.  A week after earning her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from The University of Northern Iowa, she left her beloved home state to pursue her career. Laura worked as a milliner and costume crafts artisan in theaters including San Diego’s Old Globe, The La Jolla Playhouse and The Denver Center.  Eventually, she settled in Chicago, where she has completed projects for organizations including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf and The Lyric Opera. Her work has appeared in films including My Best Friend’s Wedding and A League of Their Own. She has also created wide-ranging industrial projects-from Cap’n Crunch costumes to elf hats to human-sized Cheerios for clients including Quaker Oats, General Mills, Royal Caribbean and Keebler. 2017 marked Laura’s 30th year of making hats.
Laura eventually felt the need to realize her designs for non-fictional human beings, so she formed her own line of couture hats, Laura Whitlock Millinery. Her hats have found a life of their own, becoming client favorites and traveling to every major horse racing event in the world, including The Kentucky Derby, The Melbourne Cup and The Dubai World Cup. She founding member of The Millinery Arts Alliance, Chicago's award-winning organization of professional milliners. Lark Millinery is Laura’s newest venture, created for innovative collective boutique, Union Handmade. Her Lark collection includes practical, wearable yet inspired hats. Her current work can be seen at
Over her years in the field, Laura has also become a passionate teacher of millinery. She provides instruction in a wide range of hat making techniques at Judith M Studio in LaGrange, Indiana and in the Costume Technology Department at The Theatre School of DePaul University. She has presented classes in making historical hats for organizations including The Jane Austen Society of North America and The Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village. In 2016, Laura was honored to be chosen as one of only eight tutors for Millinery Meet-up, the premier millinery educational event in the United States at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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Bridget Bailey is a well-known name in Millinery Fashion and Textile design. She began producing millinery collections in 1984 for clients such as Jean Muir and Saks Fifth Avenue. She has also created pleated scarves for Liberty, and jewelry collections for The Victoria and Albert Museum and others. She has a degree in textiles and is also trained by milliner Rose Cory. In addition to her custom millinery work, Bridget's is exploring the freedom in creating "millinery art" and has been featured at exhibitions ranging from The Philadelphia Museum of Art Fair, to Crafted - Makers of the Exceptional at The Royal Academy and Mad for Tea at Fortnum and Mason.

To view some of Bridget's latest collections:

In the last 10 years, Bridget has focused on teaching millinery skills to share her self-discovered and perfected techniques with the millinery world.
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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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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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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,
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LINA STEIN - Ireland

Originally from Australia, Milliner Lina Stein has been based in Westport, Ireland for many years. For more than two decades she has been creating amazing hats and is recognized as a leading light in the international world of Millinery. Through the flamboyant and extravagant creations, her presence signals an explosive dynamic that is diverse and exposes her to new experiences, people and places.

Lina began sharing her creative mind and millinery experience with other milliners and "hat enthusiasts" from all over the world. Lina has been a guest tutor at the International Millinery Forum in Australia, the 2014 Millinery Meet-up and countless other workshops around the world. Her Masterclasses held in Westport are a sought-after seat!