Millinery students get inspired by V&A

The Russian Doll Hat - Alison Rees Oliviere

Four Millinery students from Kensington and Chelsea College have had their work selected for the ‘Inspired by the V&A Competition.’ The Kensington and Chelsea College students have been chosen for their outstanding work in Millinery. Amongst them are two students from the BTEC Millinery Design course; Catherine Sherwin with a piece entitled ‘Fracture’ and Alison Rees-Oliviere with her piece entitled ‘The Russian Doll Hat.’

Alison talks about her creation ‘My inspiration came from the V&A’s “The Magnificence of the Tzars” Exhibition. In particular the richness of colours, reds and golds, of the ceremonial robes, and the brocades with the navy blue felt of the military uniforms. I also wanted to incorporate images delicately embroidered on the presentation cloths. I wanted to create a piece which reflected the opulence of the objects and garments which had inspired me. I achieved this by combining all my ideas and inspirations into a Russian Doll effect hat. A hat, on a hat, on a hat (as opposed to a doll, within a doll, within a doll).’

Millinery workshop students Rachel Howard and Chito Salazar have also been selected for their pieces. Rachel says her piece entitled ‘The Stalk’ was inspired by a japanese kimono from the V&A collection. Students will have their work exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum during May in celebration of Adult Learner’s week (May 9 to 15)

Caroline Morris, Millinery tutor at Kensington and Chelsea College, says “I always encourage my millinery students to enter their work into design competitions. It helps them develop the design aspect of their coursework, challenges them and gives them goals to work towards. I will be very proud to see their work on display at the V&A.”

Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard - The Stalk

The Stalk

Catherine Sherwood

Catherine Sherwood - Fracture