Learn Millinery with Lauren Ritchie

Learn Millinery with Lauren Ritchie

Teaching Profile

Lauren started her millinery career learning from some of the greats including Louise Macdonald, Paris Kyne, Serena Lindeman and Edwina Ibbotson.  She has gone on to further this foundation launching her business in the Manchester Unity Building and creating quality pieces that she shares with customers around the world.  

In 2014 Lauren completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Learning through Deakin University along side a Certificate VI in Training and Assessment which she ensures remains up to date.  She has taught in the Fashion Department at RMIT University and Holmesglen TAFE delivering higher education courses.  

Lauren teaches a range of millinery skills through private classes and produces teaching aids for publications including The Hat Magazine and Millinery.Info.

Learn from this experienced milliner and techer at one of Lauren's upcoming classes. 

Upcoming Classes

Face-to-face course Winter Millinery Intensive (June) at Louise MacDonald's Studio
Learn basic traditional millinery techniques to create 2 hats of your own design. You'll be shown how to create one hat from felt and the other from straw. Steaming, blocking, stitching, trimming – all the essentials are covered in this 5-day course. On the final day we will focus on ribbon trims and cockades, which can be applied to hats or headbands. Louise Macdonald and Lauren Ritchie will be your tutors for the week.
Date (5 days): Monday 26 June to Friday 30 June 2023, 10am to 4pm
Location / venue: Room 3, 8th floor, 37 Swanston Street (corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane), Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
Cost: $872.72 (GST will be added to the total cost on checkout; in Australia only), totalling $960
Enquiries: Book here or For more information, contact Louise Macdonald

Barcelona Hat Days - Make a Wire Halo with Lauren Ritchie 15/04/2023  
Learn how to create a halo or tiara shape from wire. In this class, you will learn how to shape wire into a freeform shape, different joining techniques and how to add height to a structure. Explore different methods of how to cover wire to create stunning unique shapes.  Book here

Make a Birdcage Veil with Lauren Ritchie 13/04/2023    
Create a classic birdcage veil that floats across the face and sits across the head with a thin satin headband. Learn to manipulate the veil to create a shape that is comfortable to wear. Explore trimming options to make your piece one of a kind. Book here

Small straw beret with free-form trim by Lauren Ritchie 14/04/2023 
Create a small button or beret shape from parisisal straw. Learn blocking techniques and how to wire and finish the base shape. You will create a trim from the leftover straw and learn how to wire and create a quality edge using a starbright braid. Book here

Apply for a Millinery or Marketing Intership

Interested in undertaking an intership with Lauren J Ritchie Millinery in millinery, marketing or digital content management?  Send you CV with a note about why you would like to work with Lauren to hello@laurenjritchie.com, we look forward to hearing from you.