B Unique with Butterfly Head-Dress - 31st July - [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 Butterfly Head-Dress" - 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.

In this online, interactive, live training, students will learn how to create headwear to colour co-ordinate with clients’ garments demands a coterie of millinery approaches.

Using fabric in millinery is always a great way to make a match that also adds luxury. Whether used as a hat trimming or clustered to create a glamourous headdress, this lightweight butterfly provides a creative, cost effective solution.

Simple wire frames, a small quantity of beautiful fabric, braids, lace and beads will be transformed in the students’ hands.

The wire bandeau base that best showcases your butterflies will also be explored.


Creating wing shapes from millinery wire that are joined and gently curved into lively forms, students will carefully pin fabric across the wings to maximize the bias.

    Handstitching evenly and adjusting the fabric where necessary to achieve a taut result, students will then clip excess fabric on the wing’s underside before edging with a delicate lace or braid.

      These butterflies are the opportunity to employ treasured fabric scraps, cut and apply favourite lace into motifs and use quite short ends of braids to make something unique.

      Beads or pieces of inexpensive costume jewellery make ideal bodies that add another element to the design. Fine feathers cut and stripped add whimsy as antennae.

      A gateway technique to develop further in student’s individual style.


      Date: Friday 31st July

      Aust: AEST 06:00 - 09:00.

      UK: 21:00 (Thursday 30th July) - 00:00

      US East Coast: 16:00  - 19:00 (Thursday 30th July)


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