Hats off! Award winning milliner comes to Dulwich Picture Gallery

This November Dulwich Picture Gallery is playing host to a very unusual creative course in their Sackler Centre for Arts Education. Hat Designer Katherine Elizabeth, who recently won Best Fashion Retailer at the London Lifestyle Awards 2012, will be running a Couture Millinery Masterclass teaching the intricate techniques involved in making a unique fascinator from scratch. We caught up with Katherine to tell us more about the which will run on 11 November.

Jameela Jamil wearing a hat by Katherine

Q: Katherine, what can people booking on the class expect to get out of it?

People booking onto this class can expect to gain an understanding of the basics of hat making, they will learn tips and tricks and millinery secrets! We will give a demonstration on blocking and explain how headpieces are created. You will also learn how to strip, cut and curl feathers into wonderful compositions, manipulate sinamay, and create a headpiece via using relevant trimmings. If you would prefer to create a 1920″s felt cloche hat or 1940″s style felt hat instead this is also possible.

Q: What would you say to encourage those who’ve never done something like this before?

Hat making is a wonderful art and great skill to learn, I was given the chance to try out hat making 14 years ago and I have not looked back since, you become hooked very quickly as it’s so hands on and sculptural, even though it takes years to learn all the different techniques the basic steps are quite easy to pick up and you are able to practise at home without a lot of equipment. It really is a lovely relaxing and creative occupation and I am so so glad that I was given the chance to try it or I would not be here now.

Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself and your work?

I am quite a creative person and like to try out new ideas, hat designing is a great outlet for this and very hands on so I really enjoy it, every hat is different and sometimes you have to work out how to make it so it can be challenging at times. My hats also seem to have a vintage feel, I suppose this comes from my love of history as well as the fact that my Great Grandmother was a milliner. My hat design business is going from strength to strength, I started it about 4 years ago and since then have appeared on the BBC as well as ITV, and worked with a few celebrities.

Q: What are you excited about teaching this course?

I am excited about teaching this course because I love meeting new people and teaching them all about hat making, I am sure everyone involved will get the “hat bug” after this class.


Q: Muna, you already booked onto the course with your daughter:

I’m excited about the opportunity to sample something that is a specialist subject, to get a small taste of that and to have that locally rather than having to go into London. It’s an exceptional opportunity!

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the course?

Definitely the process of making a hat from scratch and the techniques we are going to learn.

Q: Finally Muna, please tell us what do you want to get out of the day ?

Creativity and imagination, within the scope of millinery, doing something completely new together with my daughter! We can”t wait!


Katherine Elizabeth Hatter Tea Party

Sunday 11 November 2012

Choose between the morning (10am – 1pm) and the afternoon session (2 – 5pm)

£40 (Concessions and Friends £35) per session

To book your place on this exclusive class now call the Education Public Programme Manager on 0208 299 8732 or email l.mckie@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

For information about the other art courses, after school workshops, lectures, study mornings and family events that we run please click HERE.

About this article


Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *