Milliners' Guild Members receive recognition in international millinery competition

MG member Laura Del Villagio received second place in the recent HATalk Hat Making Competition 2019 with her feathered headpiece entitled Belinda, created for the contest theme of "Equilibrium." Congratulations, Laura! The judges comments on Laura's stunning vintage-inspired entry were: "Superb design and finish. Incredible feather mounting and detail work went into making this headpiece. It is beautifully made with difficult fabrics, including sparterie, and offers an interesting twist on a vintage style."

(left, Laura Del Villagio's "Belinda" headpiece; right, back detail of "Belinda")


Guild members Kimberly D'Auria, who received special recognition, and Judith Solodkin also entered the HATalk competition. Well done, all three of you! If you missed them, you can view the complete list of contest entries here.

New MG member, Katie Allen, also did well in a recent millinery competition. After winning Best Overall hat in the Millinery Meet-Up competition in September 2018, instructor Louise MacDonald encouraged Katie to enter the Melbourne International Millinery Competition (MIMC). For the MIMC, contestants were randomly assigned one of four Australian student designers' outfits for which to create a hat. Hats needed to both complement the assigned outfit and be at home on the catwalk as well.

About the experience, Katie said: "We were sent material swatches from our assigned outfits and given a few months to create our entry. I was assigned an outfit by the designer Vincci Chan. This was challenging for me as my aesthetic is very different from my assigned outfit, but it was an excellent way to challenge my creativity. I placed in the top 8 out of 77 entries and found the entire competition to be a friendly and welcoming experience for an international entrant." Well done, Katie!

(left, outfit from Australian student designer Vincci Chan; right, Katie Allen's complementary headpiece)

Met Mezz Party

The Milliners Guild once again rocks the Mezzanine Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Opening night party attendees looking great!   Back row from left to right:  Barbara Volker, Linda Ashton, Wanda Chambers, Judith Solodkin, Michael McCants, Sally Caswell and Lisa McFadden.  Front row:  Kathy Anderson and June Gumbel.

Opening night party attendees looking great!
Back row from left to right: Barbara Volker, Linda Ashton, Wanda Chambers, Judith Solodkin, Michael McCants, Sally Caswell and Lisa McFadden. Front row: Kathy Anderson and June Gumbel.

The "Met Mezz" gallery once again welcomed hats from the Guild on the themes of "Rock & Roll" and "Camp." The opening night party of this popular show was well attended and lots of fun, and we've heard that the last two millinery exhibits have drawn many more museum visitors than usual upstairs--a win/win for both Guild and gallery. Thanks once again to member Judith Solodkin for facilitating this fantastic opportunity for fellow MG members!

Headwear Association Dinner Spring 2019

The Milliners Guild represents another side of hat-wearing at the annual Headwear Association dinner!
by Wanda Chambers

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The 111th Headwear Association Dinner and Fashion Show was held at Central Park's Loeb Boathouse in NYC on April 12. The annual dinner is a unique opportunity for milliners, who often work alone or with a small staff, to network with large manufacturers. While everyone at the event is technically a competitor, the mood is always supportive and friendly. Everyone looks forward to returning the next year.

The event kicked off with the business meeting. The most relevant issue for milliners that we discussed was California's enactment last August of Proposition 65, the regulation of trims and other components used in the manufacture of hats.

After the meeting, attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, photos, and networking. During dinner, various awards were presented, including the annual award to a Fashion Institute of Technology student of millinery. The culminating event was the hat fashion show, which included 14 hats by Milliners Guild members along with hats from various manufacturers.

Guild members won big at MMU 2018!

by Sally Caswell

All the guild members present at Millinery Meet Up 2018 participated in the hat competition. (June was nowhere to be found when we took the picture, so she is missing.). Laura del Villagio won second place in the Popular Vote, I won Best Interpretation of the Theme, and Kathy got Honorable Mention. Pretty good for Guild representation!

MG members present at MMU this year were Kathy Anderson, Laura Del Villagio, Ray Hatfield, Judith Solodkin, Sally Caswell, Kim Fraser, and June Gumbel.

MG members present at MMU this year were Kathy Anderson, Laura Del Villagio, Ray Hatfield, Judith Solodkin, Sally Caswell, Kim Fraser, and June Gumbel.

(Editor's note: Current MG member Katie Allen was not yet a member of the guild at MMU, but she did win Best Overall in the MMU competition.)