With Ascot fast-approaching and wedding season well and truly underway, the hunt for the perfect hat, fascinator or headpiece might be top of your shopping list. From the celebrity-approved to our favourite boutique brands, these are the British milliners you need to have on your radar.
Laura Cathcart Millinery
Laura Cathcart is royal wedding-approved. She was the milliner of choice for several guests at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank nuptials last October, who arrived wearing some of Cathcart’s most elegant designs, with pretty pink bows and sophisticated navy swirls. Cathcart trained at the London College of Fashion and built on her love of fabrics as an interior designer, before setting up her own boutique in 2011.
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Fernanda Lewis takes inspiration from the world around her when designing her headwear, whether that’s the flowers in her garden or the pattern on a beloved piece of fabric. She designs a range of styles, from pieces that are vintage inspired to those more contemporary, and each one is handmade to order using couture techniques.
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Vivien Sheriff’s Wiltshire studio is framed by acres of rich countryside fields, which often filters down into the milliner’s undeniably English creations. Her team uses sculpted feathers, delicate Swarovski crystals and hand-dyed antique lace to realise her daring visions.
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Stephen Jones is another of the most established milliners in the industry, creating for an impressive roster of celebrity clientele which includes Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Priyanka Chopra – plus members of the royal family. Also a regular on the catwalk, since the early ’80s Stephen Jones has collaborated with designers from Vivienne Westwood and Claude Montana through to his current work with Thom Browne and Dior.
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Bundle MacLaren Millinery
If you’re looking to turn heads at your next event then Bundle MacLaren is the designer for you. Professionally trained in millinery, her bold and creative pieces have garnered her quite the A-list fanbase. Princess Eugenie and Pippa Middleton are fans of her work, which adds a little fun to the day, whatever the occasion.
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Most of Carrie Jenkinson’s designs are inspired by nature, as she frequently uses feathers in her headwear creations. She works from her UK-based studio, designing and creating pieces for customers around the world. In 2013, Jenkinson designed two masks for the Elephant Family charity masquerade ball, which were displayed in Sotheby’s and helped raise over £600,000 for the charity.
For more information visit Carrie Jenkinson