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The Foyer: Millinery at Morley

November 23, 2018 @ 12:00 am - April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 am

As part of London Hat Week, Morley Millinery students and their tutors will show their delightful hats in the College Foyer. A talk about the crafta hat block workshop and a hat sale accompanies the exhibition. 

Students from our courses have been finalists in National Competitions including the V&A Inspired By and Feltmakers Design Awards. Some have also linked with students from London South Bank University to create costume headpieces for theatre productions such as A Midsummers Night Dream. Two students from our 2017-18 cohort progressed to HND Millinery courses at Kensington & Chelsea College.

The millinery on display all result from the Hat Making Courses: Contemporary Millinery, Professional Hat Making and Hat Making for Stage and Screen taught by milliners Vesna Pesic, Sarah Lomax and Claire Strickland.

2019 Millinery

Credit: Rafael Peinador Perez

2019 London Live: Millinery at Morley 

Millinery has been one of the core subject specialisms within the Fashion Department at Morley College for many years. Our Tutors have extensive industry experience:

Vesna Pesic is a Millinery designer/maker/tutor who has worked for 20 years in the fashion industry. Vesna has worked for renowned Milliner Stephen Jones, making hats to the highest standards for celebrity clients and members of The Royal family. She also created pieces for his millinery collaborations with designers such as Mark Jacobs, Comme des Garcons, John Galliano, Schiaparelli, Donna Karan, Thom Browne, Jil Sander. Vesna’s work has also featured in publications including Arts Thread, Hat Magazine, Attire Accessories, Dazed Digital and Vogue online.

Sarah Lomax has worked in millinery for close on 30 years since serving an apprenticeship with Frederick Fox making hats to the highest standards for The Queen and other members of The Royal family and celebrity clients. Over the years Sarah has worked for other top milliners and on theatrical productions and now has a partnership with a long-time friend and fellow milliner. Together they work out of a studio in East Sussex under the label Lomax and Skinner designing and creating couture millinery for all occasions.

Claire Strickland is a designer-maker Milliner based in London. Claire served a 5-year apprenticeship in the millinery workroom of Royal Warrant holders James Lock & Co Hatters. Under the guidance of master craftswoman Sylvia Fletcher, she developed skills in traditional couture millinery and bespoke dyeing. Claire has over 10 years experience of working within a team to realise a costume designer’s vision, her creations have been seen in Doctor Who, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Madame Tussauds, BBC Musketeers, London’s West End, Secret Cinema’s Star Wars and Moulin Rouge immersive theatre experiences as well as many regional UK theatres. Claire designs and sells her own fashion hats from her showroom in Hackney. Her work has been featured in Selvedge Magazine, The HAT Magazine, Canary Wharf Magazine and The Tatler website. 


November 23, 2018 @ 12:00 am
April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 am