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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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An English Country Garden jets off to Nebraska!

by Margaret Woodliff | April 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

"An English Country Garden" returned to Alnwick from MIMC in Melbourne in mid March to be feted on the catwalk at The Duchess High School fashion show. The show was in aid of HospiceCare Northumberland.

As soon as it was off the catwalk I boxed it up and it has now put in a few more hat miles, jetting over to Nebraska, USA. An English Country Garden will be on show there at Margie Trembley's Chapeaux Emporium in Springwood along with other headpieces by nine international milliners until June.

Here are a few more detailed images of the piece inspired by my Northumberland garden last summer, which utilized the (same) varied assortment of millinery materials sent to all nine milliners by Margie, late last summer.

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Making a cap for an ardent Alnwick RFC supporter

by Margaret Woodliff | January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

A couple of months ago I was sworn to secrecy and commissioned to make a cap for an ardent Alnwick RFC supporter. As anyone who lives in this wonderful county or has visited Northumberland knows, the weather can be chilly especially if you're standing on the touch line at the Greensfield pitch, so I figured that the cap would be a great surprise gift!

I researched cap styles and hat blocks and found one that fitted the requirements of the commission, available from a British hat block maker. It has a double peak and is a roomy fit. The cap block design came highly recommended by its designer maker, who has made a tweed cap himself using his original block.

I used dark navy wool felt to block the cap, lined it in Alnwick RFU dark navy silk, and finished it with a contrasting gold head band. The Northumberland lion rampant makes a starring appearance on the back of the cap - the other teams' supporters will be left in no doubt as to which team this supporter is rooting for!

Let me know what you think.

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