Competition Pieces

2019 HATalk Competition

The theme for this years 2019 HATalk Competition was Equilibrium. The composition of the cubes within the piece demonstrates a balance. The geometric lines intersect with each other, disrupting the flow but offsets the different scale of each shape restoring a sense of equilibrium within the piece. Each piece appear on the Hatalk website and …

MIMC 2019

The 2019 MIMC competition saw four Melbourne designers provide outfits from their 2018 Spring Fashion Week collections. The challenge was to create a headpiece to go with an allocated outfit. We received a swatch and images of the garment to start designing from. Created from gold wrapped wire the mini top hat shape sits on …

Oaks Day Millinery Award 2019

Presented as part of the Oaks Day Millinery Competition at Flemington Racecourse. Selected as one of the 60 milliners to present a piece as part of the competition Lauren J Ritchie presented a piece modeled by Erin Ritchie. Outfit was styled by Two Sewing Sisters.Headpiece: Lauren J RitchieOutfit: National TrustShoes: Wittner:Bag: Olg bergEarrings: Northside Southside

Master Millinery Section Entry – Royal Melbourne Show

Was honored to be invited to present a piece in the Master Millinery Section at the Royal Melbourne Show.  This section is an invitational only section for members of the Millinery Association of Australia.  It was first introduced by Phillip Rhodes when he was President in 2015 and has been carried on by following Presidents …

Royal Melbourne Show formal headwear section win

It was a thrill to receive first place in the formal headwear section at Royal Melbourne Show.  Thank you to The Essential Hat for sponsoring this section.

Parkins Fabric – Hat Competition

Parkin’s Fabric hosted a Hat Competition judged by Rachel Trevor-Morgan with the challenge presented to participants to make a hat or headpiece from a specific bundle of materials.  This red wool felt turban has a base covered with black veiling and has a black petersham edge to define the flowing line of the drape.

MIMC 2018

This felt draped turban was created to enter the MIMC competition. This piece is currently available for sale The Essential Hat with a further variety or colour range soon to be released. You can place an order for a custom made version here.

Oaks Day Millinery Award 2017

Photographer: Lee Sander Model: Erin Ritchie Dress: made by Erin Ritchie, fabric from Spotlight from Vogue Pattern 1392 (bodice) and Vogue 1486 (skirt) Shoes: Tony Bianco

MAA Design Award 2017

  This is my entry for the MAA Design Award. The components were blocked from a shaped vintage block then prepared and covered with silk abaca, lame and cream crinoline then joined with the insert of gold abaca piping. The piece sits on the right hand side of the head balanced by a multi textured …

MIMC Entry 2017