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Hats, Hats and More Hats in Gosforth High Street, Newcastle NE3

by Margaret Woodliff Wright | July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hats, headpieces, models, a hair and beauty salon and a creative photographer are in my opinion the essential elements for a successful millinery photoshoot!  In early July after several weeks planning, Michelle McFadyen staged a shoot at her Gosforth High Street Newcastle NE3 hair and beauty salon, U Salon. Together with Phil Punton Photography, the shoot featured the latest millinery collections from my couture line - The Northumberland Milliner - all the hats and headpieces were created by Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery in my Northumberland studio.

Supersized silk hand tooled tonal pink silk magnolia couture headpiece

As lockdown drew to a close Phil, Michelle and I had begun to talk about the possibility of a Covid 19 safe millinery photoshoot, especially as I had recently completed a new summer millinery range and needed fresh images for PR. The photographic brief was straightforward - to produce images that were (hat) eye candy, with a neutral background!

Hair, Beauty and Millinery at U Salon Gosforth NE3

The central location of the shoot at U Salon on Gosforth High street was perfect for everyone, especially as the salon also provided wonderful hair and beauty styling as well as the other essential ingredients of good shoot - coffee, cake and chat for the down periods - whilst Phil sourced from amongst his photographic students a group of enthusiastic amateur models. 

3D Bridal couture headpiece with applique and beads

After an afternoon of concentration, hard work and lots of laugher, Phil and his assistant Denise Booth Hornby have created a stunning collection of wonderful millinery images - the new collection includes a selection of Bridal, Mother of the Bride, Family Occasions, Cocktail and Racing hats & headpieces, as well as new images for my Millinery Workshops - all with models who look completely totally stunning! 

Northumberland tartan headpiece with feathers o

I am delighted to report that there have been lots of compliments and sales since the images were released onto SM! Never one to rest on my laurels I am now eagerly anticipating my next shoot for the autumn collection - probably at Michelle’s new satellite salon on The Great Park, NE13, which will be opening shortly.

Details - the models wear, from the top -

Glynise - Silk Magnolia with beaded centres

Romaana - Sinamay headpiece with lace trim and a vintage style gold button

Selina - Bridal arched halo with applique flowers and beading

Julianne - Northumberland tartan headpiece with feather mount. 

Julianne - in the featured image - Summer parisisal halo with hand tooled tulips

Hair & beauty - by U Salon, Gosforth High Street, Newcastle NE3

Shoot stylist & photography - Phil Punton Photography

For more details on the ready-to-wear millinery featured - or to commission your own piece - please use the Contact Us page or email margaret@margaretwoodliffwright.co.uk 

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And they’re off!

by Margaret Woodliff Wright | June 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

This year unlike so may in living memory has been shaped dramatically by the events that have proceeded it, and of course, there is no getting away from the effects of the pandemic upon our social activities. So it is with a huge sigh of relief that the Royal Ascot authorities heard it confirmed a few weeks ago that RA was to go ahead, albeit in slightly different circumstances this year. This of course fired the starters gun for the millinery community, too. So just in case you are planning a trip to Ascot this summer here’s the salient paragraph from RA’s website that covers the issues surrounding dress codes for attending Ascot. 

 Summer 2021 Collection by The Northumberland Milliner

“Royal Ascot has long been associated with sartorial excellence and elegance. The Royal Ascot dress code is firmly tied into this belief and invites guests inside the wide range of enclosures, restaurants and facilities to contribute to an occasion which is considered one of the highlights of fashion calendar.

The Ascot dress code reflects the tradition and history of Royal Ascot. At the turn of the 19th century, the dress code for men inside the Royal Enclosure was dictated by Beau Brummell, one of Britain’s first fashion icons. That sense of style still survives at Royal Ascot to this day and continues to make this unique meeting so popular with both racing fans and fashion lovers.

So whether you are enjoying Ladies Day, the Royal Enclosure or the Queen Anne Enclosure; fashion and style are an essential part of your day at Royal Ascot 2021”. 

More info here:


When choosing your headpiece please remember though that the various events have different dress codes, and Royal Ascot for instance, even has different codes for each of the various terraces and enclosures. 

Summer collection by The Northumberland Milliner - featuring Magnolia Silk Rose

If you are planning an exciting trip to Ascot or somewhere similar you maybe interested  to learn that I have just finished a new collection of couture hats and headpieces all ready to wear for Ascot; for the summer racing season nearer to home; and many of these pieces are also suitable for summer weddings or family celebrations too. So please take a look at my hats and headpieces including the very epitome of Englishness, one of my new headpieces - Magnolia Silk Rose - an oversized silk multi petalled headpiece, set on a wide wired flat silk headband and finished with crin pleats. 

Here’s a collage featuring my new piece - Magnolia Silk Rose - remember you will need to refer to the dress code regulations to check the styling for the enclosure you have booked, at Royal Ascot (eg the regulations stipulates a 4” diameter for your hat base in the Royal Enclosure).

Collage featuring Magnolia Silk Rose by The Northumberland Milliner


A pashmina, in the case of off-the-shoulder styles, is always a useful piece to have tucked away in your bag, and don’t forget to pop a pair of comfortable shoes into your handbag too. 

So please get in touch for more details of my latest collection, have a great summer and I hope you choose some winners!


Credit - jumpsuit imagery: Amanda Wakeley image BrandAlley 



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Masterclass for the Saint Georges Society New York's 250th Anniversary

by Margaret Woodliff Wright | April 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

On the other side of the world someone’s having their 251st anniversary and there’s growing excitement about it here in North Northumberland!

The St George’s Society (SGSNY) founded in 1770, even before the War of Independence, is one of the USA’s oldest charities. The Society has over the centuries given aid to thousands of New York’s most vulnerable, helping those with British and Commonwealth links, who cannot help themselves. Covid 19 permitting the Society will be celebrating its 251st anniversary this summer, and as part of these celebrations, a short series of masterclasses is planned to take place in early summer. 

Saint Georges Society New York Logo and Margaret Woodliff Wright


Several months ago I answered the call for UK based creatives to submit their kit and masterclass concepts, for competitive tender to the UK Crafts Council, who were tasked with sifting their way through the submissions on behalf of the Society. The British heritage of the Society features strongly in the society’s website hero banners, including the stunning stylised rose, featured below, and this intrigued me. The brief for the masterclasses included the guidance that the theme should draw inspiration from the hero banners featured on the SGSNY website, which includes the stylised Rose that I had fallen in love.

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to hear the news that my kit and zoom masterclass concept had been selected by the society. Since when I have been "beavering" away putting the kits together. They have just arrived in New York and the class is scheduled to take place via Zoom on May 25th. The masterclass kits are now available to be ordered via the SGSNK website, and will be sent direct. SGSNK patrons will be able to enjoy the zoom workshop itself on May 25th in the comfort of their own homes, just click on the link here for more details I can’t wait to meet everyone! 

Saint Georges Society New York - Roses are Red - Millinery workshop kit

Following the event, the SGSNK kits and zoom masterclass will be available on general release from May 26th via my accessories store, please just click on the link here. Further colour options are being planned to reflect the colours of the emblems of the UK nations. The design will also be available in bespoke colourways, please use the Contact Me page to get in touch for more details

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