Some recommended millinery books

Just a little clip where I show and describe 4 books I have on millinery (and especially felt hat making) that I recommend you get a hold of if you’re really interested in hats and making them yourself.

1. Hats On Heads – Mildred Anlezark

2. From The Neck Up (an illustrated guide to Hatmaking) – Denise Dreher

Her biography:
Denise is a well qualified, experienced milliner who has studied and worked in costume construction, design and history in professional theater. She began her millinery studies at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. She has also studied period clothing and hat design in the costume collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

She has traveled extensively, teaching hat workshops in both the United States and Canada including U.C.L.A., the University of Michigan, and at the national conventions of the National Costumers Association, the American Theater Association and the United States Institute for Theater Technology.

Some of Ms. Dreher’s hatmaking credits include Amahl and the Night Visitors and Les Miserables for American television, Prince Regent – a BBC series, and the films The Great Train Robbery and The Empire Strikes Back.

3. Fabulous Felt Hats – Chad Alice Hagen

Her biography:
Chad Alice Hagen has been a feltmaker and dyer since 1979. She has written three books, Fabulous Felt Hats, The Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking, and Fabulous Felted Scarves. Her work has appeared on the covers of Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot Magazine. She teaches, exhibits, works, and writes in Asheville, North Carolina.

4. Saturday Night Hat – Eugenia Kim

Her biography:
One day after getting a bad haircut, Eugenia Kim disguised her shaven head with a red guinea-feathered cloche that she had made in millinery class at the Parsons School of Design. Instantly spotted by boutiques in Soho, they asked to see her other creations, and, soon after, her business was born.

Since her start, Eugenia Kim has successfully altered the millinery landscape by making hats a staple for celebrities and for stylish women and men. Eugenia is known for her innovative wovens shapes in luxe fabrications and inventive, quirky felts and straws trimmed with vintage ribbons and feathers.

In 2004, Eugenia won the CFDA award for Accessories Design. In 2006, she wrote a quirky how-to book entitled Saturday Night Hat published by Random House.

Eugenia Kim hats and accessories can now be found at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Net-a-Porter.com, as well as over 200 specialty boutiques worldwide. Her hats have graced the runways of Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Coach, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Catherine Malandrino.

For this spring, Eugenia Kim has designed a first-time ever limited-edition hat collection for Target! Check out the range here.