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Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College continues to make moves in the industry

From the classroom to Ascot

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) and the luxury watch brand Longines are collaborating to give Millinery students an opportunity to make a bespoke hat which will be featured at Royal Ascot.


Students were briefed about creating a hat for model and friend of the Longines brand, Rosie Tapner, who will attend Ascot as a guest wearing one of the students hat that she selects. She’ll also be presenting for Ascot TV and World Horse Racing which will give great exposure to the successful student.

Rachel Trevor-Morgan, a successful milliner who has been advising on this project said, “I feel that inviting students to create a hat for a specific client to wear at Royal Ascot will give them Millinery experience in the real world and the clients they will have when they graduate.”

The collection of hats will be displayed in the Longines private box at Royal Ascot and posted on Longines social media.

Students’ handiwork displayed in luxury department store FenwickMillinery-courses-london

Millinery students at KCC made a range of summer occasion hats with the Fenwick customer in mind. Angela Basten, a buyer from the Bond Street store chose 9 hats. All of the hats chosen were made by past and present KCC students: Rafael Peinador, Katherine Hearn, Olivia Johnson Hilton, Lily Thompson, Julie Communier and Johanna Wӓstle.

Olivia Johnson Hilton, one of the students involved said, “To get close to these sorts of opportunities in this industry is incredibly tough, so to have this brought to you as a student, it’s a real privilege.”

The hats are on display in store now.

Industry experts highlight work from KCC competition winner

Olivia Johnson Hilton, a HNC Millinery student won the Feltmakers competition. The competition required entrants to Millinery-course-londondesign a hat that could be manufactured in a factory or workroom and suitable for commercial sale.

Olivia’s hat went on to be displayed in an exhibition curated by top milliners in the industry; Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart.

Millinery Students Create Eggtastic Easter Bonnet For Sainsburys

Millinery Students Team Up With Sainsbury’s For Easter Egg Packaging Recycling Scheme

Millinery talent from Kensington and Chelsea College teamed up with Sainsbury’s to launch its Easter egg packaging recycling scheme, by creating an Easter Bonnet made entirely out of Sainsbury’s Easter Egg packaging.

The Millinery students from our HNC Millinery course worked together for 2 hours, using everything from card and foil to Sainsbury’s shopping bags to create the stunning bonnet, which was modeled by staff at Sainsbury’s local.

Katie McIntyre, Fashion and Millinery Performance Manager said: “It was with great pleasure that the students from the world renowned HNC Millinery course at Kensington and Chelsea College took a break from producing their beautiful individual collections to work together to support Sainsbury’s Easter egg packaging recycling.”

“Creativity and imagination is at the heart of the hats we produce at the college and working with a variety of interesting materials broadens the students’ horizons. It was very exciting to apply traditional and innovative millinery techniques to unusual products and fantastic that the student’s hard work was ultimately rewarded with a generous supply of Sainsbury’s chocolate.”

Sainsbury’s is the first supermarket to offer a dedicated Easter egg packaging recycling facility in its stores – rolling the facility out to 400 supermarkets ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend for a fortnight.

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability at Sainsbury’s said:“We’re eggcited to bring back our Easter recycling scheme with this fantastic Easter bonnet parade.”

“At Sainsbury’s we’re constantly thinking of new ways to help customers waste less – and once the chocolate eggs are eaten over the bank holiday, it’s never been easier to recycle their packaging.”

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Millinery Department has a high-profile reputation for excellence and has nurtured the talents of gifted milliners including Justin Smith, Gina Foster and Sarah Cant. Its talented alumni can be regularly found winning awards, featured in the press and taking centre stage at leading exhibitions.

For further information about the College’s internationally renowned Fashion and Millinery courses please contact the College on 0207 573 5333 or visit

Kensington And Chelsea College Millinery Students Add Creative Touch To The Lord Mayors Show

Lord Mayor

A stunning selection of period piece hats, designed by Kensington and Chelsea College’s talented millinery students, will be the show piece for one of the most high-profile floats featured in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known annual events in London, as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. The traditional, and much loved event, celebrates the annual inauguration of Lord Mayor of the City of London.

In preparation for the show, the College’s HNC Millinery students have been busy adding the final touches to their period piece hats for the show. Their eye-catching creations will be showcased on The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers’ float in the Lord Mayor’s Show, and will represent designs from Belle Epoque and Edwardian era.

The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show takes place on Saturday 8th November. It is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm. The show is cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.

The College’s Millinery Department has a high-profile reputation for excellence and has nurtured the talents of gifted milliners including Justin Smith, Gina Foster and Sarah Cant. Its talented alumni can be regularly found winning awards, featured in the press and taking centre stage at leading exhibitions.

The department’s recent high-profile student and alumni achievements include a first prize win by milliner Michael Wood for the 2014 Feltmakers Design Award, organised by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London, as well as a hat designed by recent College millinery graduate Margaret O’Conner, worn by none other than Lady Gaga. Millinery alumni Justin Smith also recently worked with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, producing the headpiece worn by her Character in Disney’s Maleficent.

For more information about the College’s Millinery courses visit our Fashion and Millinery page.