Marie-Louise designs and makes fine hats that have bought immense pleasure to many customers over the past thirty years. M-L is passionate about creating wonderful hats to complete beautiful outfits that enhance your special occasion or any day to come. She likes to create a hat or headpiece that is perfection for the customer in style, colour and size. Always influenced by past fashion styles she is eager to experiment and use new textiles and techniques. Working from a large assortment of wooden shapes M-L will find the perfectly appropriate headpiece just for you.
M-L was a student at Hertfordshire School of Art & Design, the London College of Fashion and Winchester School of Art & Design. At these institutions she perfected her design character yet it was as an apprentice for Berman and Nathans, the largest theatrical costumiers in the world that she learnt her craft as a milliner using traditional and couture techniques. Here she was to make headgear for new productions such as Superman 2, James Bond, and Black Adder.
Establishing her own label in the 1980’s she has had boutiques and workshops in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Chelsea, Mary le Bone, London and Luton, Bedfordshire.
Clients of distinction have included Jenny Bond, the BBCs Royal Correspondent, Tina May the jazz chanteuse, Thea Porter the couturier, and film stars ; Ava Gardner, Meryl Streep, Sarah Miles and Glenn Close.
M-L has sold her millinery through independent stores throughout the country most especially with The Dressing Room of Buxton and Penzance. John Lewis stocked the Marie-Louise Millinery label for many successful years. Liberty and Fenwick have also been stockists.
Marie-Louise has been a spokeswoman for the wearing of the chapeau for both male and female on television and radio. Her work has featured in many national magazines and newspapers; Vogue, The Mail on Sunday, Woman’s Journal, The Telegraph, the Guardian and many more publications.
Marie-Louise is empathetic to hair loss due to chemotherapy and can assist with any headwear required at such a time.
2016 is Marie-Louise’s first year at the Silk Mill in Frome. Having fallen in love with Frome some time ago Marie-Louise has at last arrived in this historic and aesthetically fascinating town thrilled to be amongst so many eclectic craft and art based enterprises that thrive here. In her workshop / showroom you will see how she creates hats in specialist millinery fabrics: straw, felt or sinamay as well as in any fabric or textile when desired. Here you can try on many samples of her work to find one that you would like to order or buy one from stock.
Distinguishing features of Marie-Louise, creatrice modiste, are detail and colour.
Selecting a traditional shape (many female hat shapes of today can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance), M-L loves to use silk mixed with straw and incorporating antique buckles and buttons. There is a strong colour sense for she likes to use mix tones as a painter might. This romantic milliner sees herself as an embroiderer in millinery.