How did you become interested in millinery?
I first became interested in millinery in 1995, when I was studying Fashion Design at RMIT in Melbourne. As part of an assignment I designed and constructed an outfit to wear to the races and was in need of some serious headgear to attend the Melbourne Cup. I went to visit milliner Kim Fletcher and, after seeing all of Kim’s amazing creations and talking about the world of hats, I decided that was the direction I wanted to go. By the way… Kim made me an amazing hat to wear to the races!
Where did you learn millinery?
I learnt Millinery at the Melbourne School of Millinery which is run by Kangan TAFE. I was fortunate enough to be taught by Waltraud Reiner and Louise Macdonald. I completed Certificate I in Millinery in 1996 (there are 4 certificates in total these days).
How long have you been a milliner for? Where else did you work?
I have been a milliner for 8 years and have loved every minute of it! I have my own label, Rebecca Share Milliner, and am contacted by women all over the world via my website. I also work as a jewellery designer for a company in Melbourne called Seishona. We use a lot of beads and feathers in the jewellery, so it’ s nice to keep the creative juices flowing in two aspects of design.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
Anywhere and everywhere…!
What has been your most enjoyable commission?
I get excited when I see my hats floating through the crowd at the races… that’s the most rewarding thing for me. I was lucky enough to be flown to Townsville (Far Northern Australia) in 2002 to judge the Fashions on the Field… I always thought it looked easy, but it’s not!
How do you describe your style of hats?
A breath of fresh air! Smaller is sweeter in my millinery world… I love making headpieces and toy hats. I prefer my hats to create a bit of impact rather than melt into the crowd.
Who do you make hats for?
I make a lot of hats for retail boutiques and many race goers. I have recently been making a lot of headpieces for bridal parties.
What materials and techniques do you favor?
I love working with felt, it’s so forgiving and versatile. I love vintage veilings, although I tend to stretch it out over a small button shape rather than leave it floating over the face. I also love unusual feathers and bold trims that make a statement.
Any other interests?
I love travelling, attending the races, drinking wine and spending time with my ever-so-supportive family!