Course of study: HNC Millinery

Why did you come to KCC to study?

I came here because I had been studying textiles and my work was becoming more sculptural. I actually starting making hats spontaneously and I wanted to get the technical knowledge of contour-standard millinery. I started as an apprentice to Rose Corey, who was the queen’s mother milliner, but sadly after six months she had to retire due to her health.

I heard about this course previously and I liked the idea of the course that brings together technical craft with design. For me the big part of it is the structure; being given briefs and responding to briefs. It was really amazing being an apprentice to someone, it’s great for your craft and making skills, but you don’t get anything in terms of design development. I wanted to work on my design development and my design process and this course has really helped with that.

What do you think is the best part of this course?

I think that although it is tough, the pace is very good because the intensity forces you to think quickly and to make decisions. It’s a great preparation to the reality of working in the fashion industry. I think having lots of different types of millinery briefs thrown at you is really great. You learn an awful lot in a very short space of time and it really builds up your confidence to work independently as well.

Why do you think your peers decided to come here to study?

There is definitely an industry reputation of the vigour of this course which goes beyond the millinery community.

What is your biggest success since starting this course?

In a way it is hard to pinpoint to one thing. Personally, it’s been learning about my process and also defining my aesthetic, but also my practice and what I want to achieve with it. I think I still have a long way to go, but this course has helped.

It has pushed me to do things that I feel uncomfortable with, like drawing. This course made me realise that I can do it, I just need to apply myself in a certain way.