RACHEL HENRY MILLINERY
About Rachel Henry.
Rachel Henry started her formal training completing the ‘Certificate in Millinery’ at the Melbourne Fashion Institute under the guidance of Rose Hudson. Rachel then spent two further years studying at the Kangan Institute in Richmond, Melbourne. She completted Millinery Certs III and IV under the guidance of Serena Lindeman.
In addition to classroom training; Rachel has workroom experience with several of Melbourne’s elite Milliners. This hands-on learning was critical to her growth. Working behind the scenes access and exposure of major events such as The Royal Ballet, Melbourne Fashion Week and Spring Racing Carnival. She has since gone on to launch her own label Rachel Henry Millinery.
“Millinery is a dynamic and ever-changing industry. The excitement from continual discovery within the industry is what drives me to keep designing and creating. From small sketches on a piece of paper, to the cutting of luxury materials. These important stages of the design process are reasons why I love doing what I do. I get excited about each and every detail – It’s what I describe as the ‘positive impact’ of making a great piece.
A great hat makes you feel confident, fantastic and even unique. I like it when my connection with a finished product is passed on to the wearer. Seeing the positive energies from a great piece transfer to the wearer is empowering. It’s like putting on a great pair of shoes and equally as addictive. I get inspired by the spirit of a time or mood of a movement whether it is political, cultural, and architectural or fashion through the ages. Inspiration however, can at times be simply from the touch of fabric or the sound of a song.
All of my pieces are made by me using age old techniques. They are a mix of traditional and contemporary materials ranging from beautifully coloured summer straws to delicate ombré silks to the richness of fine leather. Each piece is lovingly sewn by hand ensuring a certain uniqueness.”
Rachel is the current Vice President of The Millinery Association of Australia.