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Drop-Dead Gorgeous: The Killer Fashion of the 19th Century

Category: History of Millinery

When we get up in the morning and pull on our jeans, t-shirts and jackets, we feel protected, shielded and comforted – nobody has to see our wobbly bits, phew! But throughout history, clothing and accessories have been the cause of madness, disease and even death; sometimes by accident and sometimes...

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Wirral Milliner Turning Heads at London Hat Week 2018

Category: Events

I am writing this after the end of a fantastic week in London. It was, of course, my first London Hat Week. Towards the end of last year, I heard the exciting news that I had been invited exhibit at London Hat Week 2018. This year, the prestigious event brought together talented milliners from acros...

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Sue Wood Millinery Receives Business Boost From Dragon, Theo Paphitis

Category: Awards

I am delighted to share that I have received a business boost from retail entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, this week. I tweeted Theo about my millinery business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000+ Twitter followers. The weekly ini...

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Handmade Hatting at Brimstage Hall

Category: Events

I am delighted to share that I am working in collaboration with Pure Floral Design to lead a full day “Handmade Hatting” workshop at the beautiful Brimstage Hall in Wirral. Brimstage Hall and Courtyard is an idyllic rural village, which lies at the heart of the Wirral peninsula. Originally built...

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Big News: Sue Wood Millinery to Exhibit at London Hat Week

Category: Events

I am absolutely over the moon to share the incredible news that I have been selected to exhibit at The Great Hat Exhibition during London Hat Week in March 2018. Inspired by “The Great Exhibition” of London in 1851, the event will feature magnificent hat designs from countries across the world....

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Coco Chanel Before She Was Coco

Category: History of Millinery

Coco Chanel is hailed as the “the most influential designer of the Twentieth Century”. She pioneered easy elegance for the modern woman, contributing to the demise of the corset and frivolous detailing. What most people don’t know, is that Coco Chanel was a milliner before she was a fashion designer...

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Sue Wood Millinery Makes Victorian Hat For Mayor of Neston

Category: History of Millinery

At the beginning of December, I travelled back to Victorian times for the second Neston Christmas Festival. The event was organised by Neston Town Council in partnership with Neston Rotary Club and Neston & District Churches Together. I was delighted to be asked along to give a talk about hats an...

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Saint Catherine and the Rise of the Unmarried Women

Category: History of Millinery

Each year, the 25th of November marks St Catherine's Day. A historical figure from the fourth century, Saint Catherine of Alexandria is the patron saint of lace-makers, spinsters, milliners and couture. The story goes like this ... Catherine saw a vision of the Madonna and Child who persuaded...

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Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Category: Upcycling

  What is upcycling? The Oxford Dictionary defines upcycling as the action of “reusing discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original”. It is in fact a relatively new term, albeit not a new concept. It was coined in 1994 by Germa...

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