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    2015 Dates

    April ¦ May ¦ June ¦ July ¦ August ¦ September ¦ October

    Our annual British Summer Social Season Guide highlights all of the top events around Britain for 2015. We will be updating the calendar with new events on an ongoing basis, as well as publishing preview coverage, interviews and style features, so make sure you keep checking back to view the most up-to-date edition of the guide. Editorial and advertising enquiries can be directed to editor@thesloaney.com.


    - APRIL-

    The London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show (8th – 10th April)

    http://londonyachtjetandprestigecarshow.com/visit/tickets-vip-invitations/ 

    The event showcases the best yachts, jets and prestige cars on the market. There will be VIP lounges and champagne bars aplenty, with brokers on hand to talk you through the latest products.

    The London Yacht Show

    The London Yacht Show

    The Crabbies Grand National at Aintree (9th – 11th April)

    http://www.thecrabbiesgrandnational.co.uk/

    Ladies Day will take place on the 10th of April this year and it is then followed by Grand National Day on the 11th. This legendary racing fixture is not to be missed and promises an incredible day out for all visitors making the trip to the world famous racecourse.

    The Grand National

    The Grand National

    *STOP PRESS*

    Read our exclusive interview with the highest place lady in Grand National history

    Read about the luncheon at Royal Opera House that unveiled the weights for the 2015 Grand National


    - MAY -

    Badminton Horse Trials (6th-10th May)

    www.badminton-horse.co.uk

    Badminton Horse Trials is arguably the world’s top three day event. It takes place in the Cotwolds and is often frequented by the members of the Royal family. This event is not just for equestrian fans and many people attend so they can visit the fantastic shopping village, which offers every countryside product you can imagine.

    Zara Phillips competing at Badminton Horse Trials

    Zara Phillips competing at Badminton Horse Trials

    Looking Back…

    Badminton Horse Trials 2014: The Trot Up Report

     

    Duke of Richmond’s XI vs Cricketers Club of London (10th May)

    www.pitchero.com/clubs/cricketerscluboflondon

    Hosted at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex there is a 2pm start for those keen to watch some of the finest cricketing gentry on display!

    Cricket at Goodwood

    Cricket at Goodwood

     

    Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Peter Pan (15th May – 14th June)

    openairtheatre.com

    Rediscovering J. M. Barrie’s original stage play, directors Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel create a Never Land where danger stalks dreams and adventure breeds mischief. Imagination takes flight in this darkly comic tale, yet in an ever changing world, and without a mother’s love, what place is there for the boy who wouldn’t grow up?

    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

    Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

    Chelsea Flower Show (19th-23rd May)

    www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is another world-famous event. This time the focus is on horticulture, with stunning show gardens and floral exhibits. The Private Viewing day is packed with London’s high society and the event is normally visited by notable guests throughout its duration.

    Gwyneth Paltrow at the Chelsea Flower Show

    Gwyneth Paltrow at the Chelsea Flower Show

    Looking Back…

    Browse the Social Diary from Chelsea Flower Show 2014

    Watch our film: A day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show


    - JUNE -

    Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park (6th-8th June)

    http://www.polointheparklondon.com

    This year Polo in the Park welcomes a new sponsor in the form of Chesterton Humberts. The popular event takes place at the Hurlingham Club. Most guests make a beeline for the Pommery Champagne Garden, which is located in one of the sunniest spots and offers a great view of the action.

    Polo in the Park

    Polo in the Park takes place in central London at the Hurlingham Club

    Cartier Queen’s Cup 2015 (16th June)

    http://www.guardspoloclub.com/tournaments/the-cartier-queens-cup

    The Finals Day is the highlight of this high-goal polo competition. This will be Cartier’s fourth year of sponsorship. The event boasts a unique blend of glamour, style and elegance in a beautiful setting.

    Cartier Queen's Cup

    Cartier Queen’s Cup

     

    Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club (15th – 21st June)

    www.aegonchampionships.com

    This event has been staged at The Queen’s Club for more than a century and the grass courts have been described as “the best in the world” by former champions Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, and current title-holder, Andy Murray. Murray, who completed the Aegon Championships-Wimbledon double in 2013, has already confirmed that he will return this year and you are likely to spot Queen’s Club member Pippa Middleton in the crowd on most days.

    Queen's Tennis Club

    Queen’s Club

    Looking Back…

    The Maggie’s Enclosure at Queen’s

    Royal Ascot (16th -20th June)

    www.ascot.co.uk/royal-ascot-2014/royal-ascot-begins

    This premier racing fixture is not to be missed and gives both ladies and gentleman the opportunity to dress up in their finest formal attire. Aside from watching some of the best flat racing in the world, the spectacular hats will also provide entertainment. Stick with tradition and enjoy a picnic in the car park, before venturing to the Royal Enclosure where you will find a plethora of champagne bars.

    Royal Ascot

    Royal Ascot

    Looking Back…

    A box at Royal Ascot with Carol Joy London

    Worsley XI vs Cricketers Club of London (21st June)

    www.pitchero.com/clubs/cricketerscluboflondon

    The Mid-Summer cricket match at the exquisite Hovingham Estate begins at 1pm. Hovingham Hall is a grade I listed Palladian-style mansion in the village of Hovingham, North Yorkshire, England, the home of the Worsley family and the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent. On the front lawn of the house lies the cricket ground, which is reputed to be the oldest continuously played on private cricket ground in England.

    Cricket

    Cricket at Hovingham


    -JULY - 

    Wimbledon (29th June – 12th July)

    www.wimbledon.com

    Wimbledon needs little introduction, especially after Andy Murray’s incredible performance last year. This is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is also considered by many players to be one of the most prestigious titles to win. Celebrities flock to the event and it lasts for two weeks, which means there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the action.

    Wimbledon

    Wimbledon

     

    Nevill Holt Opera (25th June – 2nd July)

    www.nevillholtopera.co.uk

    Nevill Holt Opera is delighted to announce a brand new production for summer 2015, of Bizet’s musical and dramatic masterpiece, Carmen. This production will bring together some of our leading UK artists, to perform five very special shows, opening on 25th June 2015. NHO’s Carmen will reunite the winning creative team that were at the helm of our acclaimed 2014 production of Puccini’s La Bohème.

    The Nevill Holt Opera

    The Nevill Holt Opera

     

    Henley Royal Regatta (1st-5th July)

    www.hrr.co.uk

    The Henley Royal Regatta is a perfect excuse to venture into the British countryside. The rowing event takes place every year on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames. It is a popular social occasion, which offers a party atmosphere in the fashionable pop up bars that visit from London.

    Henley Royal Regatta

    Henley Royal Regatta

    Looking Back…

    Henley Royal Regatta Social Report 

    Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival (11th & 12th July 2014)

    www.dorsetseafood.co.uk

    The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival takes place in Weymouth Harbour. Events include interactive demonstrations from a fabulous line up of passionate chefs including Dorset’s very own Mark Hix, John Wright from River Cottage, Lesley Waters, Mat Follas, Russell Brown and Matt Cook – complemented by Pommery champagne pouring demonstrations, expert wine matching and much more.

    Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

    Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival



    - SEPTEMBER -

    Salon Prive (TBC September)

    www.salonprivelondon.com

    Salon Privé is billed as a society garden party in the middle of London by day and a glamorous cocktail party by night. The event is focused around supercars and takes place in the sophisticated surroundings of Syon House. Leading brands showcase their latest designs and vintage cars are also on display.

    Salon Prive

    Salon Prive

    Looking Back…

    The Salon Prive Gala Ball

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair (23rd – 27th September)

    www.lapadalondon.com

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair takes place in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London. This is Autumn’s must-visit event for sourcing and buying fine art and antiques. It has quickly become a highlight on the social calender and last year there were over 19,000 visitors from around the world.

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

    The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

    *NEW ENTRY*

    The Country Life Fair (18th – 20th September)

    www.countrylifefair.co.uk

    The Country Life Fair will take place at Fulham Palace in London. It will feature exhibitors from all over the United Kingdom and give you the chance to sample, taste, try and buy everything from the latest clothing, equipment, cars, gadgets, food and wine as well as investigate holidays, spas and property.

    The Country Life Fair takes place at Fulham Palace

    The Country Life Fair takes place at Fulham Palace


    - OCTOBER -

    Stone Food & Drink Festival (2nd-4th October)

    This year will be the 10th year of Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering.  Now a real red letter day in the ‘foodie’ calendar, the Taste of Staffordshire supported event attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors. There is a packed week-long schedule of food and drink events hosted by local pubs and businesses in addition to the ‘main event’ on the town’s Westbridge Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Stone Food & Drink Festival

    Stone Food & Drink Festival

     

     


    HATWALK 2015

    Irish Millinery Catwalk Show

    HATWALK Irish Millinery Catwalk Show & Awards will be back in 2015 for our 3rd year. Make sure you SAVE THE DATE in your fashion diary’s!!

    Hat Walk 2015

     

    We will be returning to the Grand Ballroom of the 4* Hastings Everglades Hotel in Derry ~ Londonderry to celebrate & showcase the best in Irish Millinery on Friday 27th March 2015.

    Book tickets for this fantastic event 

    I will be hosting a fantastic flower making demo.

     

     


     

     

    As Spring approaches, the races day dresses dilemma is upon us. Whether it’s Cheltenham Festival or Ascot you’re planning for, it’s important to pick out the perfect race day attire to ensure you stand out in the crowds this season. The most important part of your race day outfit – is your hat, it will make your dress, shoes or outfit, complete. What’s the most important thing a hat can do for you? Away from trends, pattern and colours, a hats primary job is to suit your head shape and make you look good. Here’s some quick top tips on how to shop for your face!

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     Heart Face Shape

    With a broader forehead and smaller chin, stay away from wide brimmed hats that may accentuate this. However, you’re lucky that almost any other hat will suit your face – so experiment! Although we’d suggest a medium sized hat to add a great balance.

    Oblong Face Shape

    Long face features and a high forehead? You may have this face shape. Try a hat with a flared brim and low crown, such as a wide brimmed or a cloche – the angles or length of which will finish further down your forehead. It’s all about experimenting what suits you but we would suggest to avoid tall hats.

    Oval Face Shape

    This is one of the most common face shapes and luckily for you with a broader cheeks and narrow forehead – almost any hat will suit so our advice is experiment and as with everyone – ensure your hats style looks great with the rest of your outfit or makes a statement apart from it.

     

    Face Shapes [Image courtesy of Daily Mail

    Square Face Shape

    With broad features, accessories should soften your natural look. Because of this, choose circular and fluid head-wear such as fluid wide brimmed styles. Avoid anything too sharp such as square hats or those with a geometrical style

    Round Face Shape

    It’s easy to see if you have a round face because they look as you would expect. Circular faces benefit from tall hats to elongate their features and hats with angles and shapes to add angular definition. Or look at hat accessories, something as simple as a feather or 3D feature can distract someone’s eye and give the illusion of length.


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    The Horst collection will be available to order from 25th February 2015 from www.lovehats.com and a www.justinebradley-hill.co.uk

    Images www.suzy-mitchell.com

     

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    Once upon a time, mothers of the bride were expected to wear matronly dresses in Easter-egg pastels or washed out shades of beige. Thankfully, that’s in the past. Now MOBs are free to express their sartorial sensibilities, all of the fashionable choices can be incredibly overwhelming.

     

    In early December 2014 I was preparing to shoot SS15 with Suzy Mitchell Photography my brief was to create a shoot that reflected my understated styling. Moving away from over top flamboyant millinery styles often worn by MOB and race goers to something more stylish but still striking.Many MOBs come to me complaining there is a gap in the market, they want stay true their style and not take on the cliched mother of the bride mantle. So here are few tips to help you on your way.

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    Let the Bride Be Your Guide

    If you take away only one tip, let it be this one: Follow the bride’s cues about style, colour, and degree of formality. She and the groom set the tone for the event, whether that means a casual country wedding or a formal black-tie event. You’re an  important member of the wedding party and you’ll want to look the part. So, ask your daughter for some guidelines and follow suit.

     

    Take Colour Cues from the Wedding Party

    Traditionally, the mother of the bride’s dress should complement the wedding party’s colours.

    Bloom(though not necessary match). Therefore it’s best to wait until your daughter chooses the bridesmaids’ dresses before you begin shopping. See if you can get a swatch of their fabric to take with you — it will be really helpful when searching for a harmonising hue.

    If your daughter decides to forego the uniform bridesmaid dresses in favour of individual outfits in a similar shade, stick to one or the other. For instance, if she asks her attendants to wear black cocktail dresses, you might want to choose something in silver or grey. Or if her girls are going in cobalt blue, a navy dress would pair perfectly.

    There’s only one colour not to wear say the experts: Avoid anything in the same colour as the bride’s dress. Though you deserve to look stunning, the bride should stand out as the star of the show.

    Borrow from the Venue, Too

    It used to be that mother-of-the-bride dresses followed a kind of uniform — today, almost anything goes as long as it’s appropriate for the event. So, while you probably wouldn’t wear a strapless dress to a church wedding, it might be just the thing for a beach.

     

    Whatever kind of wedding it is, you can never go wrong if you these three words come to mind: elegant, understated, and appropriate.

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    Time It Right — and Communicate Your Choice

    According to bridal experts, you should start searching for your dress no later than three moths before the wedding to allow time for special orders and alterations. You may choose to look in department or specialty stores for your dress, but don’t pass over traditional bridal salons. Many have options for the mother of the bride, as well!

    It is customary for the mother of the bride to buy her dress first and to then share her choice with the mother of the groom. The mothers’ dresses don’t have to match (unless that’s what the bride wants), but they should complement each other. Remember, you’ll be taking lots of pictures together and the only person  who should stand out is the bride.

     

     

    JBH Millinery is available world wide both ready to wear and bespoke www.justinebradley-hill.co.uk

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    This season collection takes its inspiration from the stunning Horst exhibition at the V and A. I have tried to create a collection that is timeless with pieces for every type of hat wearer.

    Shot in Yorkshire by the exclusive Ilkley wedding photographer www.suzy-mitchell.com the shoot was throughly northern affair! MUA www.rachelodellmakeupartist.co.uk created the look. Main Boutique Addingham and Lovebird Brides provided the clothes.

     

    ”Throw out the rule book because Justine Bradley-Hill just Changed what you thought about fascinators and Hats.  Striking whilst still being classically understated”

    Marie Claire June 2014

     

    Our bespoke millinery service will ensure your headpiece is the perfect match for your outfit.

     

    Also a available www.lovehats.com

     

     

     



    I have just added new dates to my teaching diary January/March/April/May
    Learn the art of hat making with Yorkshire Milliner Justine Bradley-Hill.

    Justine has over 20 years design experience and ten years millinery practise; a highly qualified teacher offering group millinery workshops and bespoke one-one tuition. Justine has also devised and led projects and workshops with Leeds City Art gallery, Lotherton Hall, Bolton Archive and Museum, The Mercier Gallery Harrogate, The Discovery Centre Leeds and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Some of the many techniques I teach:
    •Tooled silk flower making
    •Blocking and Working with Leather
    •Leather Flower making
    •Hand blocked felt from design to completion
    •Hand blocked sinamay from design to completion
    •Hand blocked straw from design to completion
    •Fabric covered hats and headpieces
    •Working with Jinsin
    •Feathers, trims and traditional millinery stitches
    •Dying Techniques

    Classes run from 9.30 am- 4pm. Classes are taught to a maximum of 3 students in order to give individual attention. Bespoke one-one private tuition is £150 plus materials. Dates don’t suit email me to arrange another time.

    Millinery Workshops

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    Block a leather Button

    • Tuesday 10th March 2015
    • Tuesday 14th April 2015

    Learn how to block a leather covered button. £150 pp materials included. Why not combine with leather flower making to make a finished headpiece. Maximum of two students. 2 day leather flower and base £250 pp (materials included)

    Jinsin Workshop

    • Monday 2nd March 2015

    During this one day workshop we will explore this beautiful fabric and learn to prepare the Jinsin, create trims, block, stiffen and manipulate. £150 pp (materials included).

    Leather Flower Making Workshop

    • Monday 9th March 2015
    • Monday 13th April 2015

    Using the finest soft leather learn the art of leather flower making using heated flower making tools. Cost is inclusive of materials. £150 pp (materials included). Why not combine with leather flower making to make a finished headpiece. Maximum of two students. 2 day leather flower and base £250 pp (materials included).

    Beginners/Improvers Millinery

    • Monday 26th January 2015
    • Monday 27th April 2015

    This is the perfect course if you have always wanted to make your own headpiece.  Students will learn how to block (create a base shape), stiffen, wire and trim a simple button shape. £100 pp materials included. If you have attended a previous millinery class this could be an opportunity to advance your skills and learn a new technique. £100 plus materials.

    Tooled Silk Flower Making

    • Monday 23rd March 2015
    • Monday 11th May 2015

    In this one day workshop students will be introduced to the traditional method of couture flower making using egg irons and flower makings tools. From less than a meter of silk you will create a fantastic cabbage rose and leaves. Students will be shown how to create their own flower patterns and work with different fabrics to create stunning millinery flowers. £100 pp (materials included)

    BOOK ONLINE

    If you would like to book onto one of our Millinery Workshops you can secure your place easily by booking online below. All of our payments are processed securely by PayPal. If you would rather speak to us first you can call us 07962177733 or email us at info@justinebradley-hill.co.uk for booking.

     


    Learn the art of hat making with Yorkshire Milliner Justine Bradley-Hill.

    Justine has over 20 years design experience and ten years millinery practise; a highly qualified teacher offering group millinery workshops and bespoke one-one tuition. Justine has also devised and led projects and workshops with Leeds City Art gallery, Lotherton Hall, Bolton Archive and Museum, The Mercier Gallery Harrogate, The Discovery Centre Leeds and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

     

    Some of the many techniques I teach:

    • Tooled silk flower making
    • Leather Flower making
    • Hand blocked felt from design to completion
    • Hand blocked sinamay from design to completion
    • Hand blocked straw from design to completion
    • Fabric covered hats and headpieces
    • Working with Jinsin
    • Dying Techniques
    • Feathers, trims and traditional millinery stitches

    Classes run from 9.30 am- 4pm.

    Classes are taught to a maximum of 3 students in order to give individual attention.

    Bespoke one-one private tuition is £150 plus materials.

    Dates don’t suit email me to arrange another time.

     

    Millinery Workshops

     

    Jinsin Workshop

    • Thursday 27th November FULL
    • Monday 12th January 2015
    • Monday 2nd March 2015

    During this one day workshop we will explore this beautiful fabric and learn to prepare the Jinsin, create trims, block, stiffen and manipulate.

    £150 pp (materials included)

     

    Leather Flower Making Workshop

    • Monday 10th November 2014 FULL
    • Tuesday 9th December 2014
    • Monday 19th January 2015
    • Monday 9th March 2015

    Using the finest soft leather learn the art of leather flower making using heated flower making tools. Cost is inclusive of materials.

    £150 pp (materials included)

     

    Beginners/Improvers Millinery

    • Monday 24th November 2014 FULL
    • Thursday 10th December 2014
    • Monday 26th January

    This is the perfect course if you have always wanted to make your own headpiece.  Students will learn how to block (create a base shape), stiffen, wire and trim a simple button shape. Materials are included in the price. If you have attended a previous millinery class this could be an opportunity to advance your skills and learn a new technique.

    £100 pp (materials included)

     

    Tooled Silk Flower Making

    • Monday 17th November 2014 FULL
    • Monday 15th December 2014
    • Monday 9th January 2015
    • Monday 23rd March 2015

    In this one day workshop students will be introduced to the traditional method of couture flower making using egg irons and flower makings tools. From less than a meter of silk you will create a fantastic cabbage rose and leaves. Students will be shown how to create their own flower patterns and work with different fabrics to create stunning millinery flowers.

    £100 pp (materials included)

     

     

    BOOK ONLINE

    If you would like to book onto one of our Millinery Workshops you can secure your place easily by booking. All of our payments are processed securely by PayPal. If you would rather speak to us first you can call us 07962177733 or email us at info@justinebradley-hill.co.uk for booking.

     


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    London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”
    - Alexander McQueen, January 2000

     

    The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

    The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum’s top 10 most visited

    exhibitions.http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/about-the-exhibition/

     

     


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    Calling all innovators, inventors, creators, fabricators and producers! We want to help you take the next step on your business of £10,000. We’re also giving you a foot in the door with a yearlong mentorship program from our Makers Collective. If that wasn’t enough, the winner will be stocked at Fenwick Bond Street and each entrant will be eligible for a free Etsy store as well as 20 product listings


    Justine Bradley-Hill Millinery now has online booking for all our Addingham Workshops.

    Workshops




     

    Millinery Workshop at the Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate North Yorkshire.

    Friday 7th March, 9.30am – 4.30pm

    Leading Yorkshire milliner Justine Bradley-Hill will guide you through a one day creative workshop to create your own headpiece.  Learn how to block (shape) a headpiece and how to trim and decorate using feathers and beads.  You will also see historic hats from Harrogate’s collection and be introduced to the history of hat making. Cost £45 including materials and refreshments (lunch not provided), although please feel free to bring any buttons, beads or ribbons you would like to incorporate. Basic sewing skills are required.   Book direct with the Gallery on  01423 556188

     

    Beginners/Improvers Millinery

    • Friday 28th March -Addingham West Yorkshire
    • Friday 23rd May -Addingham West Yorkshire

    This is the perfect course if you have always wanted to make your own headpiece.  Students will learn how to block (create a base shape), stiffen, wire and trim a simple button shape. Materials are included in the price.

    Cost £90

    Buckram and Fabric Headpiece

    • Friday 4th April -Addingham West Yorkshire

    In this one day workshop you will create a simple button shaped headpiece using  buckram and  a fabric of your choice. You will learn how to block the foundation in buckram and then cover to a professional standard in a fabric of your choice.

    Cost £90

    Tooled Silk Flower Making

    • Friday 14th February 2014 -Addingham West Yorkshire
    • Tuesday 25th February 2014 -The Millinery Room West Midlands
    • Tuesday 15th April 2014 -The Millinery Room West Midlands

    In this one day workshop students will be introduced to the traditional method of couture flower making using egg irons and flower makings tools. From less than a meter of silk you will create a fantastic cabbage rose and leaves. Students will be shown how to create their own flower patterns and work with different fabrics to create stunning millinery flowers.

    Cost £90

    Working with Jinsin

    • Monday 24th February -The Millinery Room West Midlands
    • Monday 14th April -The Millinery Room West Midlands

    In this one day workshop you will learn how to work with Jinsin. Discover how to manipulate this beautiful fabric to create trims and simple headpieces. Included in the price of the class is one meter of Jinsin fabric.

    Cost £100

     


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    Stylish winter weddings 2013 Justine Bradley-Hill Millinery


    Class dates 2013/2014

    Beginners Millinery

     

      • Friday 29th November  SOLD OUT
      • Friday 10th January 2014 SOLD OUT
      • Friday 31st January 2014

    This is the perfect course if you have always wanted to make your own headpiece.  Students will learn how to block (create a base shape), stiffen, wire and trim a simple button shape.

    Cost £90

     

    Tooled Silk Flower Making

     

      •  Friday 14th February 2014 ONE PLACE LEFT

    In this one day workshop students will be introduced to the traditional method of couture flower making using egg irons and flower makings tools. From less than a meter of silk you will create a fantastic cabbage rose and leaves. Students will be shown how to create their own flower patterns and work with different fabrics to create stunning millinery flowers.

    Cost £90

     

    Working with Jinsin

     

    •  Friday 24th January

    In this one day workshop you will learn how to work with Jinsin. Discover how to manipulate this beautiful fabric to create trims and simple headpieces. Included in the price of the class is one meter of Jinsin fabric.

    Cost £100

     


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    Somerset House, in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, is proud to present Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, a major fashion exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art.

    Born into the rarefied world of British aristocracy, Isabella’s thirty year career began in the early 80s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at US Vogue. On her return to London in 1986 she worked at Tatler followed by British Vogue. In 1997 she became the Fashion Director of the Sunday Times Style after which she returned to Tatler as Fashion Director. Driven by a passion for creativity, Isabella is credited for having nurtured and inspired numerous artists and designers.

    The exhibition showcases over a hundred pieces from her incredibly rich collection, one of the most important private collections of late 20th Century/early 21st Century British fashion design, now owned by Daphne Guinness. This includes garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others.

    Isabella is also known for discovering models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant, and for her collaborations with major photographers such as Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis, which pushed the boundaries of convention in her increasingly provocative fashion spreads and establishing herself as a legendary figure within the international fashion and contemporary art worlds.

    Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, with installations by celebrated set designer Shona Heath, the exhibition displays thematically the breadth of Isabella’s collection, a life lived through clothes.


    Justine Bradley Hill launches her Autumn Winter 13 ready to wear Collection on LoveHats.com. The collection is called Titan and takes its inspiration from the Greek Mythological characters known as the Titans. Using handcrafted metallic leather flowers, the finest silks, crystal, felts and metallic hues the range is create for the strong confident women who knows her style and like to turn heads.

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    Birdcage featured in Wedding Magazine from our Summer Collection in their pick of  floral hats and headdresses, which can be found on pages 60-61 of the November/December 2013 edition.

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    Justine Bradley-Hill How 2 Hats feature click to see write up

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    It was wonderful to meet Justine in person at the Spectacular Hats event at Castle Howard a couple of months ago and to see her exquisite work up close. As well as the recent launch of Justine Bradley-Hill’s new website she has also started a blog all about millinery, fashion and millinery techniques. Justine has been frantic with Ascot orders and was thrilled to be making lots of big hats this year.