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Millinery Private View at Kensington and Chelsea College

HNC Millinery Private View at Kensington and Chelsea College

We took a team outing to the HNC Millinery Private View exhibition to see the next generation of upcoming milliners.  The HNC is a year-long course that allows students to immerse themselves in the millinery design and making process from sketchbook to finished collection with a focus on preparing the students for industry. 

Over the years its alumni have gone on to do great things in millinery such as participating in the British Fashion Council’s millinery showcase Headonism, curated by Stephen Jones OBE.  Past graduates of the course include Gina Foster, Jane Taylor, and Sarah Cant who is also Director of the course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

The HNC is close to our hearts as three members of the Atelier team are also past graduates. This year we were happy and proud to see some of our customers and former student’s collections in the exhibition.  Here are our favourites from each designer.

Anne Stoffels comes from a theatrical background. Her collection entitled Antoine was inspired by the book Le Petit Prince by Antoine. We love the use of straw and sinamay together.image 123

Ania Zydron came to millinery from a background in Fine Arts; her collection pays tribute to German artist Gerhard Richter and uses a combination of resin and plastics. We particularly like the colour palette.

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Jordana Wakelin has a background in retail management, her collection entitled “Iridescence” is inspired by the colours and textures found in nature.  We like how the leather trim floats effortlessly above the hat on millinery wire.image 1234567

Milly Hudson gained a creative background in textiles, ceramics and jewellery, her collection entitled “Alice Ruffles” is inspired by the illustrations of Ralph Steadman for Alice in Wonderland. We love the drama of the wide sinamay brim.
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Kewei Chen has worked in one of China’s hat factories producing CAD soft hat pattern design. Her collection “Sailor K” was inspired by a trip to the French Marine Museum.  The hat pictured captures the splash of water as an anchor drops into the ocean.image 1234

Jennifer Rowley studied graphic design, specialising in photography and screen printing.  She worked in publishing before studying theatrical millinery with Jane Smith (Jane is on the schedule for London Hat Week 2016).  Jennifer’s collection “Smoke and Mirrors” is about magic, illusion, repetitive patterns and sculpture. We really wanted to try this one on but there was no touching of the exhibits!

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Daisy McBurney has worked at a games studio and as a florist and has always enjoyed making costumes before undertaking millinery courses. Her collection is called “Telling the Bees” after the poem of the same name by John Greenleaf Whittier. We’re big fans of silk flowers at Atelier, if you’ve never made flowers before try our silk flower making course it’s a great introduction to the art of flower making.


Eun Young Lee’s collection celebrates women’s beauty with each hat in her collection representing a different element such as grace, intelligence and physical beauty. Eun is an Atelier regular and won tickets to join us at our screening of Advanced Style for London Fashion Week. We thought this use of quills was particularly striking. 


Charlotte Roseman has worked as an interior designer and painting restorer. She was awarded first prize in the 2016 Worshipful Company of Feltmakers’ Design Award.  Her collection “A Bugs Life” is inspired by insects both in terms of colours and shapes.

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Terry Weston has worked in various design related roles including fashion print textile design. Her collection “Suspension and Motion” is inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, particularly his mobiles and the Peter Lanyon’s gliding paintings. We’re in awe of how she has engineered the balance of this headpiece so it stays on the head.


Congratulations to all of this year’s HNC graduates on an exciting collection of hats.  We look forward to seeing what comes next for these milliners.

As part of London Hat Week 2016 the Kensington & Chelsea College Millinery Department will open its doors and welcome visitors to learn about the millinery curriculum on offer at the college. This free event takes place on October 12, 6pm to 8pm; there is no need to book.  

The HNC Course Director Sarah Cant will also be running a couture millinery masterclass as part of the LHW 2016 schedule.  Go to the London Hat Week website to check availability and book.

If all this leaves you feeling inspired to learn a new skill, why not book yourself onto one of our upcoming workshops in July which include, Fish Leather with Jane Fryers, Block Making and Intermediate Millinery .

2016-06-28T17:34:24+00:00 By |Atelier News, Latest News|