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Hat Making Courses - An introduction to Sinamay

Hat Making Courses - An Introduction to Sinamay
This year I have had a number of students attending this course. As each student has wished to start their own business, each course has been 1 to 1. All of them have now started their own business designing fascinators, headpieces and cocktail hats.

This course is specifically designed in order to enable the student to create many different designs, their imagination can lead them forward into creating their very own style. Courses are held on dates which are suitable to both the student and myself.

For information please look at the millinery courses tab on the website,  alternatively contact us directly for dates etcc

Race Day Hats designed by Adrienne Henry

Hats and Headpieces for Race Season
Royal Ascot is fast approaching! One of the most well known race events is happening in just a couple of weeks, but there also many other races where it is a fun excuse to really dress up and impress.

Looking for that perfect unusual but elegant hat or headpiece to wear to a Day at the Races? We have lots of bespoke, one-off ladies hats and headpieces available to buy or hire in our shop, as well as top hats for the gentlemen.

If you can't find a hat to match your outfit out of the ones available at Adrienne Henry Millinery,  we can design the perfect hat, headpiece, cocktail hat, saucer hat or fascinator to wear to any special occasion that will perfectly complement your outfit and style.

Our designs have adorned many ladies attending races and many gentlemen have bought their top hats from us to wear to Royal Ascot. Race and wedding season is our favourite time year when we can truly go wild with our imagination and designs.

In our boutique i…

Sculptured Hat making Workshop suitable for Royal Ascot

Why not make your very own head-turning sculptured headpiece to wear to this year's Royal Ascot or other racing event? 
We are offering a special one-off workshop for this on Saturday 12th May at our studio/shop in the centre of Reading, Berkshire.

This workshop is available for up to 6 people and will last all day (10 am - 5 pm). The cost will be £125 per person and is a fantastic idea for a group of ladies who wish to go as a group with a theme. All materials are included in the price.
Prior to attending the workshop we suggest that you contact us with reference to the colour of your outfit and that of the headpiece you would like to make to ensure we have the appropriate materials available.
During the workshop you will learn tradition millinery methods of how to use sinamay to make a base, how to wire, edge and sculpt sinamay and attach to the base.  Your finished piece will be a sinamay sculpture with height on a hairband and will be a totally unique design to you.
Drinks an…

Wedding Style Guide: How to wear a hat to a wedding

Whether you are the mother of the bride or groom, the bride herself or just a guest wanting to make a statement, here is our guide to wearing hats to a wedding. The points listed below are just a guide, but ultimately we would always suggest you wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.

1. Hat etiquette/positioning
Ladies hats are traditionally worn on the right as dictated by old etiquette where the lady would wear her hat on the right, while her gentleman partner would wear his sword to the left, balancing each other out. Of course nowadays hats can be worn on either side as we no longer follow this etiquette, but you will generally find any purchased hat will be made to be worn on the right or with the decoration on the right. If you would prefer a hat on the left this is perfectly acceptable and a milliner will happily make one for you.

2. Hat proportion
The hat size should be in proportion with the wearer. If you are petite, a pillbox hat or smaller brimmed hat will probably suit…

1 of our favourite hats from this year's new collection.

An unusual hat to make heads turn!

Our new designs for this year includes two flower range. Both types of hats are in our 'Chelsea Flower' collection.

We have designed and hand made 4 lily pad hats. These have been a pleasure to design. Feathers make beautiful flowers perfect for our lily pads.

The images are from one of our  collection. The lily has a button hat base which like the wired leaves are made from sinamay.

This hat is available to buy from our Etsy shop, Adrienne Henry Millinery.

If you would like to hat designed to wear to Ladies day at Royal Ascot please contact email Adrienne,

Ladies Silk Turbans

We are very excited about launching our Ladies Silk Turban range soon.

Having worked on three as a starting point we were extremely happy when the very first one we made was bought this week. It was not even completed, we had a couple of hours to make the lining and sew it securely inside.

Originally I wanted to make turbans for every day wear for ladies who have hair loss due to alopecia or ladies who are going through chemo therapy and like wise have lost their hair or their hair has started to regrow. These would not have been as suitable for special occasions but our new designs are perfect to wear both during the day and evenings.

The lady who bought the ivory silk turban was very please as it complimented her Edwardian outfit. Whilst we thought there would be an interest in the turbans I did not think there would be a demand with ladies who are followers of Jane Austen. It was a very welcome piece of information.

These ladies take dressing up in the correct Edwardian style very …

Red Percher Hat for Special Occasions, Wedding Hat, Day at the Races Hat

Hat Collection Spring/Summer 2018

Whilst we are still in the throws of a very cold spell I have been eagerly designing hats for our latest collection.

This hat is perfect to wear to a wedding, day at the races, Royal Ascot and many other special occasions.

The hat was designed to compliment both a simple, elegant or statement outfit. One of my favourite materials to incorporate in a hat is leather. This percher has a number of small dainty bows made from beautiful textured leather.

This percher hats has been listed on today, to take a look please follow the link,

Pasquale Vaira Photography

Pasquale Vaira photograper & friend

As a milliner I have many photographers who shoot my work and they soon become friends. It is probably the case that artists/creatives are naturally attracted to each other.

Pasquale sees the world in a very artistic way. Through his photographs his personality shines through as does his passion for those images which shows an interest for vitality of life.

I thoroughly enjoy working with him and would recommend him for photo shoots from weddings to fashion, from fly-on-the-wall to fun shoots where a group of creatives have been brought together.

I suggest if you are looking for a photographer with a lot of character in his or her photos take a look at Pasquale's websites, and

Bespoke Hats for Hire, Reading Berkshire

Bespoke Hats for Hire

Now the Near Year is well under way we are blocking, designing and creating a selection of hats, cocktail hats, pillboxes and fascinators for hire, they will be for sale too if they haven't been worn.

There have been so many enquiries about hiring our hats in the past asked so many times in the past and, after my business head finally woke up, we all agreed this would be a great idea.

We have already had enquiries which has been very interesting as I have only advertised on social media. Perhaps a new website will have to be designed.

As a milliner I am able to offer a service where no one else will wear the hat you have hired, we also will  customise a little, perhaps another colour to match an outfit in the decoration.

Once our catalogue is ready clients will be able to order online.

We have so many ideas and so much work to do. Bespoke hats made to order will still be available,