B Unique with Flat Felt to Heart Felt - 10th Oct - [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

Old-School Workroom Training is no longer available to aspiring milliners.

So many approaches and methods were learnt simply from watching senior milliners at their work day-out day-in.

Partake in one of Phillip Rhodes’s workroom table secrets.

Taking a simple, common-place millinery material as a starting point for a headdress or trimming was frequently an idiosyncrasy and not a wide-spread practice.

Taking an off-cut of unstiffened fur felt and some millinery wire, create a dimensional object without blocks.

 As fine millinery is all about finish, investigate embellishment and neatening tricks too.


Students will experience the plasticity of fur-felt by easing a dimensional form in their hands through simple stitches and millinery wire.

Fast-track design inspiration by seeing felt in a whole new way. Find a home for those trinkets and treasures dwelling in cupboards. Apply lace as a bold starting point for encrusted of sparing ornamentation.

Students will find a pathway to trimmings for traditional cloche hats or stand-alone motifs for headdresses by applying their existing making techniques in a novel way.

Of course, making neat the final piece with a custom fitted backing is essential to realising the full potential for this method.

Date: Saturday 10th October

Aust: AEST 06:00 - 10:00.

UK: 21:00 (Friday 9th October) - 01:00

US East Coast: 16:00 (Friday 9th October) - 20:00.


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

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