Lauren J Ritchie creates millinery pieces for race days, special occasions, day wear and theatre.
Lauren discovered her passion for Millinery when she attended a short course in Millinery with Elizabeth Hemsley at Riverina Institute of TAFE in Albury during her final year of High School.
Moving to Melbourne to complete her tertiary studies, she completed a 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, she worked for well-respected Melbourne Milliner Louise Macdonald. Lauren teaches classes from Louise’s studio in the Nicholas Building.
In 2018, she spent time in London working for Jane Taylor London and Edwina Ibbotson Millinery. During this time she took up the position of editor and content creator for The Hat Magazine and Hatlines. As head of content for Millinery.Info Lauren produces the monthly podcast series.
A proud member of the Millinery Association of Australia since 2014, Lauren was elected as a member of the committee, Secretary for the Association in 2016 and again in 2017. This was a wonderful opportunity to work along side fellow members of the industry, including Phillip Rhodes, Brenda Wilson and Rose Hudson each in the role of President, Felicity Northeast as Treasurer and committee members Lisa Alexander, Georgia Skelton, Catherine Ellen and Sandy Aslett.
Lauren has created many pieces for Competitions around the world including winning the Backyard Ascot Competition hosted by Millinery Hub in 2020. She has participated in MIMC, Parkins Fabric, MAA Design Award and has been invited to take part in the Flemington Oaks Day Millinery Award. Lauren J Ritchie was named a finalist in the Fashion Category in the Frankie Magazine Good Stuff Awards in 2020.
The imagery of Lauren J Ritchie Millinery was used as the feature picture for Flemington VRC's 2020 Cup Week Fashions on the Field Campaign including email announcement and the Official website for the event. Titled Mayfair it is a red tulle piece in a classic pitched shape hat that has a gradient edges offering a softer finish. The piece was made for the 2019 Myer Millinery Award and was photographed by Richard Shaw.
Lauren J Ritchie creates pieces that can be worn everyday or for that special occasion - pick your next piece of Millinery from the latest collection.
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