Author Archives: ellievallerini
I am so delighted to announce I have been awarded a QEST Scholarship for Millinery. I am honoured to be part of the incredible group of talented craftspeople. Firstly I will be learning historical and theatrical hat making with the renowned Sophie Lambe @reel.millinery who has made some of my favourite hats in film, includingContinue reading “Qest Scholarship”
She has arrived! The amazing Josephine Baker at Berlin’s fantastic Madame Tussaud’s! This was a dream costume project, I loved every minute of this make, I had never made anything like this before and am so thrilled with the results. Copyright Merlin Magic Making 2022
Same block, different hats
Here is an example of the endless possibilities available when it comes to making hats when you let your creativity flow. For these hats firstly I made the hat block which is the base shape all these hats are formed on. I did this by adjusting a sharp brim block which I then made intoContinue reading “Same block, different hats”
Catch a wave
One of my favourite things to do in millinery is working organically with materials to create something totally unique. I got that sense of excitement when coming up with this way of using sinamay, sculpting it by hand to make beautiful and flattering shapes, and they are so light to wear too!