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New images for One Hundred Years Collection

by Margaret Woodliff | March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just received some new images from the Hat Museum, Stockport,of The One Hundred Year Collection and thought I would share them with you!

Seen below is The Songman's Fedora.

The Songman's Fedora


The One Hundred Year Collection is the second couture millinery collection I have made for Making Headway, an inspirational project led by Bronwen Simpson & her team at the Stockport Museums Collections, supported by funding from the Arts Council & the Mary Portas High Street initiative.

The second image shows Dolly Gray's cloche.


This latest collection for Making Headway is a selling collection and can seen seen at The Hat Museum, Stockport, where the five piece collection are showcased. Below is a modern interpretation of a Victorian sweetheart pincushion. 

Finally - Loves Me (Not?)


The collection received its launch preview in late November. I am delighted by the latest photographs taken by Gareth Lowe, just received.

Images courtesy of Stockport Council, © Gareth Lowe

Posted in Arts Council Funding, Bronwen Simpson, Making Headway, Mary Portas High Street initiative, One Hundred Years Collection, Second Couture Millinery Collection, Stockport Council, Stockport Museum Collections, WW1 memorabilia;, WW1 Sweetheart Pincushions

Making Headway - second collection makes headlines!

by Margaret Woodliff | November 09, 2014 | 0 Comments




Second collection for Making Headway gets advanced press coverage in Northumberland!

As you may know Making Headway is a project based at the National Hat Museum (situated a short train ride from Manchester) at Stockport, in which I am currently involved. The project aims are to create and launch two contemporary millinery collections - thirteen new milliners were selected to create the collection, by an open international selection process. The inspiration for these two collections is to be derived from Stockport itself, history, museums and their collections, & hatting history; and through this process the aim is to enhance the public awareness of Stockport itself. 

Despite being based in Northumberland I have been regularly visiting Stockport to progress the project, looking at items held both in the museums and kindly taken out of the "stores" by Bronwen Simpson and her team for us to look at. Of particular interest to me was a selection of WW1 memorabilia, that Bronwen bought out of the stores, and more particularly WW1 sweetheart pincushions. This memorabilia was the source of inspiration for my second collection entitled "One Hundred Years". A collection of five pieces, it was despatched to Stockport last Monday in preparation for the Press Launch on November 20th at the Hat Museum.

As the second collection was nearing completion I contacted James Willoughby, a journalist at the Northumberland Gazette, who had already tracked my journey through an HNC in Couture Millinery at Leeds College of Art and indeed my first collection, in his initial article about Making Headway, for the Northumberland Gazette, on May 8th. James very kindly ran another article on October 30th, featuring my new collection and its inspiration - memorabilia of the First World War period.

I am also delighted to say that the day before the collection was sent to Stockport I was able to show it the bustling wedding fair held by DawnMarie Wedding & Event Design at Doxford Hall on November 2nd. I was overwhelmed by the very positive reaction it received. Many looking at the collection came especially to see it before it was couriered to the Hat Museum - they already knew about it from the article in the Gazette so were keen to see the individual designs for themselves. 

My next blog post will give more details of the inspiration and the design process, and images of the collection itself. In the meantime here is an image of a sweet heart pincushion made by a member of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

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Making Headway Workshop in Stockport April 12 - 14

by Margaret Woodliff | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many thanks to the team at Stockport lead by Bronwen Simpson for organising another exciting and stimulating weekend.

Our heads are literally spinning after a wonderfully all encompassing talk by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co Hatters, London on her career and her life's journey through millinery, followed by a challenging two day marketing & business workshop led by Harriet Poesner of BromptonFinch.

We all returned home full of excitement and new knowledge, content to know we are now "a block of milliners" - Harriet having mooted this idea for the generic name for a collective of milliners (over the inevitable glass of wine, late one evening). We are now ready for the challenge of the next two weeks and the rapidly approaching deadline for the first collection!


Here's a photo of the Sunday night group - "just the tip of a block of milliners" - as we went down the stops in the direction of the Stockport viaduct.

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