Boldly Different – Spotlight on the Milliners

With the exhibition underway, its time to show a few more milliners taking part in this unique and exciting exhibition, showcasing some of Victoria’s talented milliners.

Georgia Skelton

Georgia’s passion for millinery is an extension of her theatrical background with the Australian Ballet Company and her career as a designer and teacher at several leading fashion institutes in Melbourne. Her work is often infused with a sense of drama and incorporates advanced techniques from different creative disciplines. 

Her ’Boldly Different ’exhibit ‘Empress’ is inspired by late 19th century Korea and pays homage to the artisans who created the traditional ‘gat’ hat that represented social status. 

Louise Macdonald

Based in Melbourne’s iconic Nicholas Building in Swanston St, Louise has been making hats and collaborating with clients and designers for over 25 years. Starting her career in London and working as a costume milliner, Louise is now most known for her exquisite hand sculpted straw hats and headpieces that are delicate, light and full of movement that is particular to her label. 

Her ’Boldly Different ’exhibit ‘Off the Rails’ is a tribute to the weavers in China and the Philippines who hand weave the sinamay straw fabric used by milliners.

Laura Dunnington

Laura finds inspiration for her millinery through materials, print making, photography, music, art, film, nature and vintage fashion journals. She has a particular interest in painting and dyeing materials to achieve various effects which results in no two pieces being exactly alike. 

Her ’Boldly Different ’exhibit ‘Soundscape’ is a visual representation of sound and celebrates the individual. 

Visit the exhibition at Joel Gallery, Altona from Saturday 12 – Thursday 24 February 2022.

Millinery Australia – the mark of quality.