With a nod to a stylish historical influence Lauren J Ritchie creates millinery pieces for race days, special occasion, day wear and theatre.
I spent hours in my Nan’s sewing room. My sister and I played dress ups in the hundreds of dresses Nan had made the family. I discovered my passion for Millinery when I attended a short course in Millinery at Riverina Institute of TAFE in Albury during my final year of High School.
I moved to Melbourne to complete my tertiary studies completing Bachelor of Applied Science – Fashion Design at RMIT and Certificate II, III & IV in Millinery at Kangan Batman Institute under Paris Kyne, Melissa Jackson and Serena Lindeman.
From 2011 until 2017, I worked for Louise Macdonald, a well-respected Melbourne Milliner. I now teach classes from Louise’s studio in the Nicholas Building.
In 2018 I spent time in London working for Jane Taylor London and Edwina Ibbotson Millinery. I am an editor and content creator for The Hat Magazine and Hatlines. As head of content for Millinery.Info I produce the monthly podcast series.
A proud member of the Millinery Association of Australia since 2014, I was elected to be a member of the committee and then Secretary for the Association in 2016 and again in 2017. This was a wonderful opportunity to work along side fellow members of the industry. This included Phillip Rhodes, Brenda Wilson and Rose Hudson in the role as President, Felicity Northeast as Treasurer and committee members Lisa Alexander, Georgia Skelton, Catherine Ellen and Sandy Aslett.
Having created many pieces for Competitions around the world including MIMC, Parkins Fabric, MAA Design Award and invited to take part in the Flemington Oaks Day Millinery Award I have many showcase pieces. At the Royal Melbourne Show in 2018 my pieces placed first, second and third in a variety of Millinery Sections.
I have created hats for many theatre and film productions including, Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, cloches for the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries on the ABC, pieces for The Production Company’s performance of Funny Girl, The Color Purple by Stage Art, Around the World in 80 Days by Ellis Productions and Il Signor Bruschino by Lyric Opera. View this work on my theatrical millinery page.
I would love to work with you to bring your hat dreams to life.