B Unique with Back to Basics Straw Hat - 7th Aug - [Phillip Rhodes]

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B Unique Millinery's Virtual Workshop Series.

4 hr virtual session while you are at home and in your hat making space.

*** these sessions will NOT be recorded ***

These workshops will be limited to 15 people to ensure we can maintain a level interaction. If we have a large demand - additional sessions will be scheduled. This also maybe run in other time zones.

Anyone can join this virtually using Zoom, with plans to run these in each of B Unique Millinery's major Regions - Asia/Pacific (this one), North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Pre-Work and required product list will be supplied.

Chance to test Zoom working correctly prior will also be available.

This session is "B Unique with Back to Basic Straw Hat" - with renowned Milliner Philip Rhodes.

Phillip is known as one of Australia's Master Milliners. One of the last Australian milliners to receive traditional workshop training, Phillip developed his craft whilst working in Australia and in London.

Whilst in London, Phillip's work with Europe's largest Costumiers, Berman and Nathan saw him undertake projects for Euro-Disney, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh.  A stint with English outfitter Herbert Johnston provided exposure to a celebrity clientele including Kylie Minogue, Joan Collins and Joanna Lumley just to name a few.

Phillip Rhodes Hats have been stocked in major stores across Australia since 1992 alongside Phillip’s made-to-measure practice.

Phillip continues to combine fashion headwear with an aligned career in the theatre. He is the house milliner at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Victoria Opera and The Australian Ballet.

Images of Phillip's fashion hats have been featured in Australian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire.

Course Objectives

Using a simple dome block, students will investigate the design potential within basic blocks.

 The straw shape based on a sinemay underpinning, has a feature panel created and emphasised through application of straw braids. Using excess straw, stylised and complementary butterflies will be fashioned to add drama.

The addition of veiling and wire prongs for headfit security will be covered.


Students should pre-block their stiff sinemay ‘lining’ prior to class-time (always mark the CF and CB).

Sewing machine is a necessity for this class and students are advised to check that their machine is in working order. Straight stitch only is used.

Part blocking the straw crown, a tuck will be created and a brim reed shape inserted upon which braids will be stacked to create a feature panel.

There is no hat stiffener used in this project. The layering of straw over sinemay prior to head-banding provides all stability.

Student’s fabric will be bonded with straw off cuts on a canvas or stiff interfacing layer to create butterfly trimming.

Headfitting and applying hat trimming using wire will complete the project ready for veiling.

Date: Friday 7th August

Aust: AEST 06:00 - 09:00.

UK: 21:00 (Thu 6th August) - 00:00

US East Coast: 16:00 (Thu 6th August) - 19:00.


Ph: +61 7 5494 9299 or Mob +61 419 511 799