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.)