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How to make a 1920's style Cloche Hat

Cloche Hat Making Workshop
A few weeks ago a friends of mine, Pasquale Viara filmed Julie Forrester making a cloche hat in one of my hat making workshops.

We filmed various stages of the cloche being made.

After a lots of work the cloche was completed. The video is now available on our Youtube channel.
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For all details about hat making workshops and courses please look at our website;

1920's Cloche Hat making Workshop

Cloche Making Workshop
This was a very enjoyable workshop. Sue spent the day with me working very hard making her cloche. 
Before the workshop Sue had decided what her decoration should be. Her choice of making a fleur de lis design was quite challenging, the end result was beautiful. Both of us were delighted with the outcome.

For more information about our workshop please look at our website;

1920's Cloche Hat Workshop

Cloche Hat Workshop Video for Youtube
Last Saturday we filmed a cloche hat making workshop. We worked throughout the day designing and making the hat entirely by hand. Julie, our student, make the cloche for her mother's Christmas present. After measuring her mother's head Julie was able to make a cloche to fit.
Once the video has been edited by our photographer, Pasquale Vaira, it will be placed on youtube and our website .
For information about this workshop and many more please look at our website:

Hats for Burlesque Dancers

Hats for Burlesque Dancers
We enjoy designing hats for specific occasions. Part of our new Alternative collection also includes hats for the Burlesque dancers and entertainers.

Offering a bespoke service if you would like to have a hat designed to compliment your outfit we will be very happy to discuss designs with you.

Retro 50's Hat

'Retro 50's Hat for the Retro 50's Girl'
Tartan is so popular this year again so we have designed a collection of pillbox hats to wear.

We are hoping to make one and send it to Scotland, just need to find the right tartan fabric.

This is part of our Alternative Collection and is available to order from us.

Hand made in Reading, England.

The Goodwood Revival 2014

Fun had at the Goodwood Revival last year

Great time to get dress up!

London Edge Trade Show

An Exciting Adventure
For weeks we have been very busy making retro 50's hats and hats worn by burlesque dancers. Our hats will be taken to our very first trade show in London.
London Edge trade show is for those who wear alternative style clothing.

This is the photo we are using on our banner at London Edge.
More images to follow.

Circus Themed Alternative Hat

Circus Themed Hat

In less than 4 weeks we will be taking our alternative hats to The London Edge Trade show in the Design Centre, Islington, London,
We are very excited and will be continuing to design lots of hats. Our collections include, Goth, Burlesque and Retro 50s designs.
Very exciting times.

Alternative Hats

Alternative Styles of Hats

When hats make you smile and laugh.
Say wow or 'I wish I had somewhere to wear that hat'.
As a milliner I know I have succeeded in designing and making a hat which makes others smile.

This is one of those.
It was great when someone on Saturday said I saw that hat at Royal Ascot, I love that hat!

This hat is very unusual and reminds people of sweets they ate as children...... and many still do as adults.

A sweet anyone?

Bespoke Hats

My Dream
Is to sell hats in America!
We already have many hats in the US but our dream is to sell lots more of our designs from the 'Downton Abbey' style cloche great for the fall and winter, to our large 'Audrey Hepburn' style hats perfect for turning heads.
But how can we succeed?
With so many views on our blog and and website coming from the US somehow we must enter the American market.
Any ideas?

Fun Hats for fun occasions! Sweetie anyone?

We thought we would design a small collection             of hats which would bring a smile or two.
These sweets are very easy to make from felt                                 and the colours are perfect.

We thought these shapes would be interesting.

Anyone want a sweet?

Elegant Blue and White Hat

Elegant Blue & White Hat

White fabric edged with blue and the reverse, blue edged with white, is elegant and simple.
We thoroughly enjoy designing hats and using colours which help make a statement.
Having been asked to create an 'alternative'  collection we will be designing hats and headpieces which are so different from our usual style.
Watch this space!

Goodwood Revival 2015

Military uniforms for the Goodwood Revival 

If you would like to dress up as a GI for this amazing occasion we have the perfect uniforms available to hire.

Our uniforms are perfect for parties, theatre productions and the Goodwood Revival.

Vintage Hats

Elegant and sophisticated!
I absolutely love this hat and matching outfit.
The outfits from the 1950's were so sophisticated and every worn with such elegance. Hats were very important and completed the look!
At Adrienne Henry millinery our new designs for the future have been inspired by the 50's look as have many available to order from our website.

Look no further if you would like us to design the perfect hat for your original or inspired vintage outfit.

Our Simply Audrey large brimmed hat is on it's way to Philadelphia!

Yesterday was a very exciting day for us.  We had a very special visitor from America who bought this hat in record time. As soon as I placed the hat on her head it was bought.
It is now on it's way to America.
This is almost one of the quickest hats I have ever sold.
This is definitely one of my favourite hats and one we enjoy making.
This is available to order from our website: 

Quirky Hats for Quirky Occasions

Quirky Hat, The Treble Clef

An usual special occasion when a quirky hat is required, look no further!
At Adrienne Henry Millinery we enjoy the challenge of designing the usual.
This treble clef was originally designed for us when we when to Royal Ascot three years ago. Our theme was musical notes and a keyboard.
We had a lot of fun and wearing unusual hats.
The cocktail hat is covered with red silk and black netting. The treble clef is shaped and wired sinamay.

We make all these hats to order. If you have an idea contact us.

Photographer: Pasquale Vaira, Canimortisudios

Elegant large brimmed hat - 'Simply Audrey' Collection

Inspired by the hats worn in the 1950's by Audrey Hepburn

This style of hat was inspired by those worn by the iconic actress Audrey Hepburn in films from the 50's.
The hat has a very wide brim with a drop down edge. The brim is overlaid with gold thread delicately woven over the entire brim. The underside of the hat is also very beautiful as it compliments the top. The crown is covered with black silk and is decorated with a black silk band and gold silk bow.
This and other designs are available to order direct from our website:


Classically Elegant Hat

Our website has been up for two days and what a success already!
The number of views world wide reached over 280 in less than 20 hours, it is so exciting.
The hat from our Classic Collection 'Innocence' has been made for two clients in the last couple of weeks. This hat has been very popular and can be worn by a bride, mother of the bride / groom and by ladies who wish to wear a very elegant and sophisticated hat.
Innocence is available to order from our website.

Royal Ascot Hat - CoCo Collection, The Butterfly

Beautiful Hats for Special Occassions
Today our CoCo Butterfly hat is being worn in the Royal Enclosed at Royal Ascot.
This is one of the many huts we have designed for clients this year to wear to Royal Ascot.
This and many other designs are now available to order from our new website.
Adrienne Henry

Adrienne Henry Millinery - New Website

One of our hats from our Simply Audrey Collection.
Our new website went live today, we have been very excited.
The website shows all our new designs from large hats to small cocktail hats.

This hat and many more available to order from our new website.

Hats for Royal Ascot from our Simply Audrey Collection

Hats for Royal Ascot  from our Simply Audrey Collection

One of our new Simply Audrey hat collection.
This large brimmed hat is covered with a beautiful gold threaded overlay and decorated with a gold silk bow.
Available to buy soon on our new website.

Red Cocktail Hat with beautiful Lady Amherst feathers

Our new website will be launched very soon!

This cocktail hat called 'Redwing' will be available to buy soon on our new website.
The hat is made of sinamay and is decorated with beautiful Lady Amherst feathers in a wing formation.

It is a simple and very elegant design perfect to wear for a wedding, a day at the races, Royal Ascot, Kentucky Derby and lots more special occasions.

This is a very exciting time for us at Adrienne Henry Millinery, Reading, England

Large Brimmed Hat from our new 2015 collection:

The Classic Large Hat Collection

The Senorita

Red and black wide brimmed hat with delicate thread overlay, silk band and bow.
Our new website will be launched soon. This is one of our new styles available to buy online soon.
Perfect for weddings, a day at the races, Royal Ascot, Derby and many more special occasions.
We make our hats using traditional methods of millinery. All our hats are made to order.
Ladies Day at Royal Ascot 2015

A Bowl Strawberries & Cream Hat

As Royal Ascot approaches we will be designing hats and headpieces suitable to wear on special Ladies Days at the Races. 
Our new website will be online soon:

Hats will be available to buy online.

1920's Cloche with a 'Twist' - Adrienne Henry Millinery, Reading, Berkshire, England

Cloche with Curl

One of very first cloche designs. This design comes in a variety of colours and has one or more vintage buttons sewn on the front.
This was one of our most popular designs when we sold in Covent Garden. London. The majority of were sold to American tourists, many to visitors from Texas.

Adrienne Henry Millinery
Reading, Berkshire, England

Velvet Bridal Pillbox with pearls - Adrienne Henry Millinery, Reading, Berkshire, Englsnd

Ivory Velvet Pillbox
Designed and created in our studio in Reading.
The pillbox is covered with velvet and lined with silk. The pearls are different sizes and shapes and are carefully hand stitched at random.
Adrienne Henry Millinery, Reading Berkshire, England

Pillbox Hat for Mother of the Groom

Pillbox Hat for Mother of the Groom
This pillbox was worn by one of our regular customers to her son's wedding.
The hat completed the very elegant outfit and was quite a statement piece as the curled ostrich feathers gave the hat height.
The pillbox, made on a 1950's block, was covered with black silk and netting.
This hat is very popular for those who wish to wear a 1950's style pillbox. We can make this design in many colours.

Valentine's Day - Hat Making Workshop

Heart Shaped Headpiece

Headpieces can be made in all shapes and sizes.
This headpiece was designed and created in one on our hen parties.
Mat making workshop voucher, a perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

Adrienne Henry Millinery
Reading, Berkshire, England

Headpiece Suitable for The Ice Queen

Dramatic headpiece designed for the stage.
Our aim is to design hats and headpieces for those unusual occasions. This was produced for a stage production. It is all sparkles and feathers.
Adrienne Henry Millinery, Reading, Berkshire, England

Ice Cream Hat

Ice Cream Hat Anyone?

At Adrienne Henry Millinery we enjoy designing and creating the unusual.
Royal Ascot, a perfect event to wear a hat or cocktail hat with a difference!

Adrienne Henry Millinery

Reading, Berkshire, England

Large Brimmed Black and White Hat - perfect for the races, Mother of the bride or groom!

Large Brimmed Black and White Hat - perfect for the races!
New year, lots of hats being designed for Royal Ascot, a day at the races, Mother of the Bride / Groom. Looking forward to a busy Spring and Summer.

New website coming soon:

Adrienne Henry Millinery, Reading, Berkshire, England