Ellie Vallerini is a couture milliner based in the beautiful seaside town of Hastings where she makes elegant hats and headdresses perfect for weddings, races and events.
Ellie’s designs show her love of colour, simplicity and style. Using traditional millinery techniques and a variety of materials, she makes each hat by hand creating an object of beauty and exquisite craftsmanship which, Ellie believes, adds to the magic of wearing a couture hat.
After gaining a BA Hons in Contemporary Crafts Ellie moved to London to pursue her hat making ambition. She was awarded a Distinction in Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College and won the Fashion and Textiles prize for the V&A’s ‘Inspired by’ in 2011.
Ellie went on to hone her skills through internships with renowned milliners such as Edwina Ibottson before being offered a post as Designer/Maker for Royal Milliner John Boyd. Over the next six years she developed her millinery skills and enjoyed working closely with individual clients at the Knightsbridge atelier, designing the perfect hat for each customer to look and feel fabulous.
In addition to designing and making her own range of couture hats, Ellie regularly makes commissions for the stage and some of London’s top attractions. She has collaborated with many external projects including national and charity events, music videos, fashion shows and photoshoots.