Laura Del Villaggio
Milli Starr was conceived from a deep love of hats, handiwork, and fashion. Owner and head milliner Laura Del Villaggio earned a Certificate in Millinery from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in 1999, while concurrently studying for a graduate degree in Museum Studies. After completion of her coursework, Laura devoted herself to the art of millinery, including educating others about the wear, care, history and allure of hats.
The millinery atelier is located in Austin, Texas. It is brimming with antique and custom wooden hat blocks, Victorian feathers and luxurious ribbons. Studio visits and private millinery lessons available by appointment.
Milli Starr hats are meticulously hand-blocked and hand-stitched using centuries-old couture methods, thoughtfully re-interpreted for a modern lifestyle. Milli Starr produces four collections each year: Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter, Special Occasion and Bridal. Our bespoke designs have been spotted at events around the world, including the Kentucky Derby and Melbourne Cup races.
Milli Starr has been featured on stage, on the runway and in publications such as Austin Monthly, Weddings (UK) and Vogue Italia. We are very excited about a recent commission: the pink pillbox hat for Jackie Kennedy in “Parkland,” a feature film scheduled for release in September 2013.