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Leading milliner opens academy doors to bring new award-winning talent forward

Leading milliner opens academy doors to bring new award-winning talent forward


Introducing leading British milliner, Katherine Elizabeth who is a shining example of how to turn a business around in the face of adversity, she started found new clients and opportunities online and created a thriving millinery community.


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  • Having been temporarily forced to close her shop in London's OXO Tower during Covid Katherine Elizabeth Millinery and Business Academy launched a membership-based online millinery school. This has now grown by 200%.
  • She started a Facebook group called Inspiring Creative Milliners (ICM), which is an online community aimed at both newbies and established milliners with a view to providing a space for them to share tips and tricks with one another.


Due to the decrease in demand from the hat-making side of the business, Katherine was able to turn her full attention to the academy and ICM group. Katherine became a beacon of hope for many - providing tips on coping with anxiety, motivation, mindfulness, business tips, how to organise yourself, and creativity.


Both the Academy and ICM group excelled during 2020, with over 400 new members joining the academy and 3.9k members in the ICM Facebook group. Many of the participants have even set up their own businesses and won awards for their designs. These include the British Feltmakers Craftsmanship Awards Won by Fleur Curtis (@oscar_and_willow) and Hat of the month in the HatTalk Magazine by Yvonne Cunnington as well as the QEST scholarship being offered to Rachael Clunie (@rachaelcluniemillinery).


Today, October 12th, she re-opens the doors to her academy:


Monthly membership fee is on offer for just £42 if people join by this Friday, the price from Friday will go up to £45 per month.


(Katherine's standalone millinery courses start at £120 - £250 including some private tuition)



Here are some images of the academy members' outstanding work below:


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Katherine also put on free challenges to get everyone creating, and these have been attended by over 3000 people.





About Katherine Elizabeth Millinery:

Katherine Elizabeth Millinery is an award-winning milliner based in London, UK. Over her expansive career, Katherine has worked with designers and artists such as Jasper Garvida, and Stephen Jones, and her hats have been worn by The Noisettes, Lily Allen, Dita Von Teese, and Jameela Jamil to name a few. 


Katherine's bespoke hats are also admired by The Duchess of Cornwall. Katherine is a true leader in her field, having taught thousands of students across the world millinery, been interviewed by ITV's Mark Hayes and has appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.


High-resolution cut-out and lifestyle images are available here via Dropbox