Fabulous Faculty

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Biliana Borissova - Madrid, Spain

After meeting the magical world of millinery, Biliana left her former profession, archaeology, far behind. After extensive millinery study, she became a full time milliner in 2010.

As a finalist in The International Hat Competition in 2011 her design was featured in HATalk magazine. Biliana’s creations will be featured in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week-Madrid for the 11th yer as well as presented on the stage of Las Vegas Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week.

Often seen at International Race Meetings, one of Biliana’s clients won “Best Dressed Lady” at Boxing Day Races in New Zealand 2014.

Biliana was commissioned in 2014 to make the hats for the film starring Juliette Binoche “Nobody Wants the Night”, a very exciting moment in her millinery career.

She shares her vast millinery knowledge teaching, in particular the leather techniques she has developed, with students not just from all over Spain but also from Europe, Latin America, Australia and now at Millinery Meet-up 2016 in the USA!
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Rose Hudson - The Very Very Very Strict School of Millinery in Melbourne, Australia

Rose Hudson is a theatre milliner of over thirty five years experience. After completing her apprenticeship in Melbourne’s iconic Block Arcade, Rose went on to work at the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) where after a few years she became millinery supervisor. She made every kind of hat or headpiece at the MTC for over twenty years. Rose has since created in all areas of the performing arts including making hats and headwear for hundreds of theatre, ballet, opera, film and television productions.

Last Melbourne Cup racing season saw Rose win third prize for her towering headpiece of sleeping faces from a field of over eighty contestants in the Oaks Day Myer Fashion on the Field Millinery award.

Other recent work can be seen in the second and third series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on PBS television, Amazon and Hulu. Rose also made the hats and headwear for Kate Winslet and supporting cast in The Dressmaker, a feature film opening in October 2015. She is currently making hats and headwear for the Australian Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty opening September 2015. Rose enjoys teaching traditional millinery skills at her studio The Very Very Very Strict School of Millinery in Highett, Victoria and at the Melbourne Polytechnic and Melbourne Fashion Institute.
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Edwina Ibbotson - Battersea, London

Edwina started her Millinery business in 1991, and has been working from her shop in Battersea, London for the last 19 years. She studied millinery at The Fashion Institute (FIT) New York and the London College of Fashion, as well as doing private classes with some of the world’s finest milliners. Her work experience in Paris and for a top London milliner, also added to her couture millinery skills.

Edwina’s work is bespoke, each piece is totally hand made. She works directly with her clients and their designers to create a totally individual one off piece to compliment their style, outfit, occasion and location of their special day. Her shop has many of her hats and headpieces on show for clients to try on. Edwina’s pieces are feminine, smart and glamorous. The most important part of a hat to her is the silhouette, and each piece is designed to look beautiful from all angles. She and her team aim to make the most perfect piece for each and every client. Her work is a labour of love.
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Eugenia van Oirschot - The Netherlands

Eugenie designs and makes hats which are architectural masterpieces, they are mathematical in their constructions and extremely clever in their design. She has developed a style of head wear that is unique; the cut of the fabric, the use of color and geometric themes gives each hat an interesting story. Each individual piece can rightly be called a work of ART.

Eugenie was born in The Netherlands and throughout her childhood watched her mother on the sewing machine constantly learning all the old techniques. Following her formal education she studied fashion design and in 1993 she started her own fashion label: L’une par Eugenie.

After a couple of years she discovered the the refined techniques that she had in mind, were not always suitable for clothing so she started to design hats and it was then that Eugenie discovered her real passion and fell in love with millinery.

Her teaching career started when she was invited to work in a studio on the property of the Dutch Textile Museum where she organized workshops to share her skills. Eugenie has since taught three times at the International Millinery Forum and this is her second MMU in the USA.
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Lina Stein - Westport, 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 world of Irish Millinery through her flamboyant and extravagant hats that signal her presence and individual creativity.

Lina’s education has brought her around the world from Sydney, Australia, where she spent 2 years training in TAFE to Stuttgart, Germany, where she expanded her wealth of skills and knowledge to the pretty aside town of Westport, where she currently ives, teach and works. A background in “Classic Theatrical Millinery” has provided her with the unique expertise to unite traditional hat-making know-how with modern design, creating hats of great sophistication and clean lines. Living on the western periphery of Europe has also been a major source of inspiration which has led Lina to develop new and varied methods of working with traditional millinery materials.

Though the Millinery Workshops the she holds in her studio just outside Westport she has inspired countless novice Milliners from both Ireland and abroad. She has also been taking her millinery skills to an International level teaching in the USA at MMU, Australia, Spain and Germany all the while, sharing her much sought after techniques throughout the millinery world.
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Jane Stoddart - Sydney, Australia

Jane has been creating beautiful and elegant pieces of couture millinery for over 30 years. She undertook an ‘old school’ apprenticeship with an established Sydney milliner to learn the trade, after becoming interested in fashion during an extended stay in 1980s London.

Widely regarded for her innovative and elegant classes in the use of lace in millinery, she enjoys developing new design ideas and novel approaches to materials and technique. Millinery after all, is all about the ideas and inventiveness!

Each season she designs and produces a range of model hats for her couture clients, as well as a handmade ready-to-wear range that is available through her online store. Her hats are seen at racing meets and other prestigious events throughout Australia, with many clients winning Fashions on the Field awards, and at international events such as Ascot. with a strong grounding in fashion design, she has collaborated with many leading local designers.

Jane has taught at many millinery events in Australia, including three International Millinery Forum conventions (Wagga Wagga NSW Australia), Hats Off to Melbourne and Hats Off to Brisbane. She has also taught at most of Sydney’s leading design colleges and for many years at Tafe NSW Sydney Institute.
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Laura Whitlock - Chicago, Illinois

Laura 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. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts she left her beloved home state of Iowa. She 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, Laura settled in Chicago, where she has completed projects for companies 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 completed industrial projects for clients including Quaker Oats, General Mills and Royal Caribbean.

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. She is a 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.
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Wayne Wichern - Seattle, WA & Burlingame, CA

Wayne’s millinery design and teaching career evolved out of his experiences as a floral designer, classical ballet dancer, and his interest in fashion and costume design. Wayne grew up on a farm in Cody, Wyoming. The development of his professional talents as a celebrated hat designer are apparent when following the winding path of creative and artistic endeavors, pursuits he has mastered. The gradual evolution of an interest in fashion and costume design precipitated a return to Seattle where he worked in theater costuming and retail store and window displays eventually transformed into his now 30-year millinery design and teaching career.

Wayne’s elegant hats have sold in such fine stores as Barneys NY and Nordstrom. He has created hats for theater productions of the Belfry Theater in Victoria, BC, Art Club Theater, Vancouver, BC, San Francisco Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His innovative hat designs are in collections of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Women’ s Wear Daily, Victoria Magazine, and Fiberarts Design Book Six. Wayne is a skilled teacher who continually works to inspire and encourage students to pursue their interests in professional design careers.