Fashion Friday – Rachael Henson Millinery

A fabulous Milliner who showcased for the first time at our event was Rachael Henson Millinery.

Having recently won the latest Millinery Association of Australia’s Design Award 2018, we were elated to secure Rachael to showcase.  Her winning piece was a knock out, showing such style and grace. Rachael expresses her work as “a combination of feminine shapes, designed to be a blend of elegance with a dash of high spirits”. And that Rachael does. 

Rachael goes on to say “I love helping to create memories of those special moments in your life whether it is a wedding, a special occasion or if you are going to the races”. 

Rachael started making hats in 1998. She studied millinery in Canberra, and then Adelaide, Australia,  On returning to Canberra, she started her own millinery business and has been making hats for dignitaries, race goers, brides (and their mothers) ever since. Her hats have jetted off all over the world, including to royal weddings. Rachael also makes head wear for theatrical productions.

In 2015 Rachael was fortunate to work for Phillip Rhodes in Melbourne in his workroom for the spring carnival.  

Rachael says, “A great hat is like a new pair of shoes or a fabulously cut dress or pair of trousers, it will make you walk confidently with your head held . Why does this happen?  I suppose the reason will inevitably be different for everyone, but I suspect the right hat will tap into a part of the personality the wearer likes, and without words, shows this hidden or underused part to the world…. or maybe it just feels good. 

Someone wise and anonymous once said ‘Happiness is a New Hat’. While this could be a bit ambitious, the right hat will certainly make anyone feel special. I’ve seen it.”  

Good luck Rachael Henson into the talents of the millinery arena

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Fashion Friday – Meet the Incredible, Millinery by Mel

What a privilege it is to bring to you a Milliner who has taken  fashions  on the field by storm – the talented Mininery by Mel.  Here is her story brought to you by Thoroughbred Events Australia.

Take it away, Mel ….

A little about me:

My full name is Melanie Atherinos and I am the owner, designer and the creative hands behind my Millinery label – Millinery By Mel.

I have always been a very creative person that loves everything pretty and matching, so millinery is the perfect profession for me.  I have been very fortunate in my life to have had many opportunities and diverse career paths. After leaving school I studies Child Care where I worked for 6 years on the Sunshine Coast before moving to Mount Isa and being given the opportunity to study Marketing and take up the position as Events and Marketing Manager for a large Hospitality venue in the town. After having my son, I was started my own ‘work from home’ business specialising in Costumes and Event decorating.
After several year my husband and I decided a change was needed and we bought a caravan, packed up our family and started on our next adventure of seeing more of this wonderful country we live in.  We spent 3 years travelling around but then decided to return to Mount Isa when our son turned 8 as he wanted a ‘normal’ life again.  Outside of millinery my interest include camping, gardening, anything creative.

A little about my business:  Millinery By Mel


My business is Me, myself and I…. It started as a hobby and with the help of Social Media and the internet, it is now a full time plus business that sends fascinators both nationally and internationally.  In the last month, I have had a dramatic increase in the amount of international sales and I have been sending many designs to countries such as United state, Italy, China, New Zealand, Ireland, England and even Dubai.

Are you from a horse racing family or a fashion family background ?

No – not from either
Before starting to make Millinery, I had only ever been to 1 country race meet and wore a fascinator that I bought off Ebay and stuck a few extra feathers on to match my outfit.
I have ridden a horse once and decided it was better (and safer) for me to admire them in the paddocks. I am fortunate to live only 500m from our towns horse paddocks so I enjoy walking each day with my dog through the paddocks.
My favourite race meets now and definitely the Outback Country Races, you get to meet so many people from all different places and is wonderful to see the effort the ladies from the Stations go to when dressing up.
My greatest fashion belief is that you should always wear what you feel comfortable in – if you don’t feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing – your true beauty will not shine through.

Have you Always lived in Mount Isa?

I was born in Cowra NSW where I lived for a couple of years before my family moved to the Sunshine Coast where I completed all my school and lived till I was 22. I then moved to Mount Isa for a change of scenery. I have called Mount Isa home for the past 17 years. I love living in the Outback and at this stage have no plans to leave.

Are you single or married with a small family?

I have a small beautiful family consisting of my husband, 12 year old son and a 22 year old stepson. I also come from a small family with only 1 sister. My mum lives in Mount Isa also and is often found helping out in my studio.


My family is my greatest support and fans – followed by my friends. Without these special people in my life I would never achieve my many great successes.
As much as my son says tracing leather leaves and flowers is ‘boring’ he always fronts up to the studio to help when needed. My husband steps in and is a fantastic ‘Mr Mum’ during the busy times and keep the household functioning when I am working long hours.
When did you discover your passion for millinery.
After travelling, I returned to my job as a Marketing Manager and I decided that in my spare time I needed something creative to do. So, I bought a few Millinery supplies from online… little did I know where that first fascinator would lead me to.
For 12 months I continued working as well as making Millinery in my spare time, however the demands of my business became to great and I chose to quit my job and take up millinery full time. Since then I haven’t looked back and I just keep getting busier and busier.
Initially my work space was a table beside my bed in our bedroom, it then took over the spare room and now rent a 2 bedroom unit that is home to the expanding Millinery By Mel Studio.
Did you study or are you self taught?
Learning millinery skills has been a lot of trial and error as well as completing online training through Hat academy. Unfortunately, due to living in Outback Queensland, it can get very expensive and difficult to attend training held on the coast however I was fortunate attend a few workshops including learn skills from Carole Maher and will also be flying to Melbourne later in the year to attend a Louise MacDonald Workshop.
I do look forward to in the future completing further studies and training with well know milliners in the industry. I do not claim to be a Milliner rather just a designer of beautiful headwear, one day my goal is to complete studies in Fashion and Millinery, however at this stage I am enjoying what I am doing.
My favourite material to work with is leather, I love the many ways it can be used and the fact that is it tran-seasonal and can be worn at any time of the year.


The most unique designs I have ever had to make were for a hairdresser for hair shows and were made from many hair extensions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1541132825633-1546ded4-abeb-6″ include=”6246,6245″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you been to Melbourne Cup?

In 2016 I attended Melbourne Cup for the first time – we went on a P&O cruise from Brisbane to Melbourne. We had a lovely time in the Home Straight Marquee however this meant we didn’t get to see a lot of the fashion and festivities that Melbourne Cup is renowned for. I hope to make my way back there one day with friends to experience the full week of racing and fashion.

My dream to achieve
To be completely honest – I think I am living my dream (ok maybe my dream has a few more hours sleep in it. LOL)

As I always say…. If you find a job doing something you love, you will never work another day in your life.
This pretty much sums me up, every day I get to go to work and be  paid to create beautiful designs. I am so fortunate to work with a large number of lovely ladies who truly appreciate and praise my efforts. It is so rewarding to receive the glamourous photos of the my clients dressed up for Race days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1541132825643-529b50d6-bfbe-3″ include=”6248,6251″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1541132825664-f0bdf9db-2607-1″ include=”6252,6250″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fashion Friday – Embellish Atelier

Introducing Embellish Atelier, home of Award winning Milliner Catherine Kelly – located at 128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle, NSW. 

Catherine produces couture millinery of fine craftsmanship using luxurious textiles. Designing headpieces to reflect your personality, attire and occasion.

Not only designing but also teaching the traditional millinery techniques as well as beading, silk-flower making and leatherwork. Taking pride in creating all her own trims.

Not stopping there, Catherine also has a small selection of hire hats and undertakes repairs.

Make sure when attending our event on Sunday 16 September you visit Catherine and see her amazing couture pieces.

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Fashion Friday – Kylie Heagney hits Sydney

We are so excited to be welcoming Kylie Heagney to our Spring Racing Luncheon.

Kylie is a Brisbane based Milliner who creates stunning headwear using the finest materials sourced from around the world. Her hats and headpieces are beautifully made with fine attention to detail.

Her millinery has featured in numerous fashion events including the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane and Fashion on the Field events both locally and interstate. Kylie is from a racing family and this is where her passion for beautiful and unique headwear began.

After relocating from Melbourne to Brisbane Kylie decided to pursue studies in Millinery completing her qualifications in Cert II – Cert IV at MSIT, as well as attending various workshops and the hats off to Brisbane Millinery forum. This has given Kylie the skills to combine traditional and modern techniques whilst giving her pieces a unique touch.

And on Sunday 16 September, Sydneysiders have the opportunity to not only see Kylie’s wonderful work but meet her and talk to Kylie about her work and perhaps your style!!!!!

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Milliner – MTTC

We would love to welcome a new Mother & Daughter team to our event – how exciting. Here is a little bit about them:

MTTC is an online handmade and vintage boutique run by mother and daughter team, Tamila and Mariya Tkachenko . They began their work in 2010 with handmade and vintage fashion but both ladies soon discovered an interest and passion in millinery and began designing and creating their own unique pieces as well as finding and restoring vintage items too. They are inspired by the classic and love to use vintage fabrics and materials. There is love, care and attention to detail in each one of their designs.

As a team, MTTC has created custom orders for people all around the world, sold items to customers like Alice McCall, and their vintage and handmade items have been featured in theatre shows, such as the Broadway production of “Sunday in the Park with George”, short films, and fashion shoots with Harper’s BAZAAR Australia as well as other up and coming Australian photographers.

Mariya and Tamila are both very excited to have MTTC be part of the Thoroughbred Events Spring Millinery Luncheon and can’t wait to meet you and show you their latest millinery collection.

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Milliner – The Hat Room

CAROL WATSON owner of The Hat Room – has been a milliner for about 8 years. In the beginning, Carol just starting making her own headpieces for race meetings, but decided to go and learn more about millinery – from their her passion grew. Now working out of her home studio. Carol is always delighted when her lovely clients return but thrives at meeting new ones. Her signature hats are big bright colourful statement headwear. Carol likes to ensure that the perfect compliment to an outfit is a statement hat that makes the wearer feel fabulous

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Milliner – Crazy Teapot

FOREVER INSPIRING – millinery by Brenda Lui-Designs, owner of Crazy Teapot

Embrace the art of making an impression with a fabulous fashion statement. Love the nostalgia of feminine style, the value of originality and unique design and how colour can bring vibrancy to our lives.
Colour outside the lines, be fearless with your style! Feel like a million dollars, unique, elegant and refined with a delicate edge, bring that sparkle to your eye and light up your smile while rocking a Crazy Teapot design.
Capturing the imagination and turning heads for lovers of style is our specialty. Designing and creating millinery and fashion pieces that make ‘WOW!’ statements across the country is our mission. The Crazy Teapot Racewear Millinery, Fashion and Bridal Millinery are showcased in our Ready to wear Collections and Custom Designs. All pieces are handmade in Australia with much love and attention to detail, originality and beauty.
Do you embrace unique design? Seek out original fashion looks with top quality? Love styling up for the race track or special events? Then come venture into the gorgeous Crazy Teapot world with creative bespoke design, contemporary and vintage inspired themes with a feminine quirk at www.crazyteapot.com

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Milliner – Hanley Hats Millinery & Racewear

The beautiful Rebecca Hanley is behind the label – Hanley Hats Millinery & Racewear.  It is an eclectic range of millinery & race wear with both unique pieces (often made from unusual materials) and beautiful stylish on trend creations.

“At Hanley I believe all women deserve to look and feel amazing, a day at the races is a fabulous opportunity to do just that.  I love creating beautiful pieces to compliment an outfit.  I like to work with you to achieve your ideal race day look.”

Rebecca is a member of the Millinery Association of Australia and also Tafe accredited in Millinery.

Achievements:

  • Top 10 Finalist Myer Millinery Award 2014
  • Full page feature in Focus Magazine Setember 2012
  • Finalist in The Flair Awards 2012
  • Three hats featured on the runway at Frock On Newcastle 2011
  • Featured in 3 separate occasions in Hatalk Magazine.

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Milliner – Margaret Keeble

Margaret Keeble of Papillon Hats has been creating headwear for the discerning woman since 1999.

Margaret was involved in making headwear for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. She designed the headwear for the Lucien Henri Centenary Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum and participates in fundraising events for various charitable organisations.

An entrant in the Sixth International Contest of Hat Designers at L’Atelier-Musee du Chapeau, Chazelles-sur-Lyon in France, Margaret’s hat was awarded the Public Choice award for which she received the Albert Neel trophy (Prix de Rome). Margaret specializes in special occasion, race wear, bridal, fascinators and cocktail hats.

Appointments are arranged to suit the client’s lifestyle, with an extensive portfolio available for viewing.

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Milliner – Kerry McGlone

When it comes to winning fashions on the field, you have to pay attention to the styles from Hats In Fashion by Kerry Mcglone. They are knock outs!!!  Her outfits have won fashions on the field all over Australia.  The head pieces are so inspiring and you will certainly be no shrinking violet in one of these pieces.

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