Hats & Millinery

Aylwen is a dress & textile historian, seamstress, hatter, milliner, historic dancer and an arts/community events organiser. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Heritage, Museums & Conservation at the University of Canberra and will be graduating in late 2019.

As a costumier she has studied at home and abroad for many years. She has made most of the many different costumes worn for performance by the Earthly Delights musicians and dancers and assisted many others in our academy's scene in the making of theirs. She has also taken commissions from far and wide for the making of dress items of all eras. 

Aylwen is currently researching and constructing historic hats and bonnets. Examples of her work can be seen in her Instagram account and hat orders can be placed at http://www.edhda.org If you wish to order a custom hat please do email Aylwen to start discussions and completion dates.

Aylwen is currently working on a book that shows a closer examination of the construction of Trims, Frills and Furbelows from 1730s-1830s. The book will be covering all manner of trims on men's coats, waistcoats, hats and accessories and women's gowns, caracos, bonnets, shoes, purses, reticules, stomachers, and accessories. 

Aylwen has been studying hat making and millinery for some years now and is taking custom orders. There is a small selection of her hats below and she is happy to explore new styles in your size - simply email her a picture and she will discuss it with you.

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