Melbourne Spring Fashion is a fashion lovers dream week in Melbourne filled with the showcases of the upcoming and coming season for Fashion and Millinery alike.  This year there is a host of Millinery based events is on throughout the festival.

Styling session with Louise Macdonald
Description: With more than 20 years of millinery, Louise will share her list of “dos and don’ts” when it comes to choosing a hat and styling your look. Hear from the team at Louise Macdonald Millinery the latest trends for the season both on and off the track.
Date: Thursday 1 September, 1 – 1.30pm
Location: Suite 803, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanson Street, Melbourne 3000
Cost: Free event with registration required make your booking here

Hats and High Tea on Collins
Descriptor: The Collins Street Precinct in conjunction with The Millinery Association and Charity Partner, Lady Mayoress’s Charity Committee is pleased to host Hats & High Tea on Collins.
Date: Friday 2 September 2 – 4pm
Location: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne,
Cost: $75.00 make your booking by calling 03 9653 7717 or email and quote “Hats & High Tea”

Louise Macdonald: Millinery Workshop
Descriptor: Get your creative juices flowing as you learn how to manipulate specialist millinery materials. Leave the session with your beautiful creation in its own glossy hat box, ready for extensive outings throughout the season
Date: Tuesday 30 August, 6 – 8.30pm
Thursday 1 September, 6 – 8.30pm
Location: Suite 803, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanson Street, Melbourne 3000
Cost: $95.00 make your booking here 

Creative Collective Exhibition
Description: In partnership with the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Creative Collective Exhibition showcases Melbourne’s innovative, diverse and inspiring independent designers, artists and retailers.  Featuring clothing, shoes, bags, millinery, jewellery and accessories by esteemed industry leaders, the curated installation celebrates daring designs and inventive techniques.
Date: Friday 26 August, 5 – 10pm
Saturday 27 August, 10am – 5pm
Sunday 28 August, 10am – 5pm
Monday 29 August, 10am – 7pm
Tuesday 30 August, 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 31 August, 10am – 7pm
Thursday 1 September, 10am – 7pm
Friday 2 September, 10am – 7pm
Location: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: Free

Make a simple headpiece at the Kangan Batman Institute
Descriptor: Learn a milliners best kept secrets as we teach you how to create a headpiece from start to finish to create a simple headpiece that you can show off at the races.
Date: Wednesday 31 August, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Thursday 1 September, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Location: Kangan Institute, Docklands
Cost: $157.74 per person make your booking here

Erika & Jago
Descriptor: Melbourne milliner Peter Jago has partnered with t Erika ‘the Queen of Brooches’ to talk to the designers and curate your own wardrobe or Spring Racing Carnival ensemble.
Date: Friday 26 August, 4 – 6pm
Tuesday 30 August, 2 – 5pm
Wednesday 31 August, 2 – 5pm
Thursday 1 September, 4 – 6pm
Friday 2 September, 4 – 6pm
Location: Erika, Melbourne
Cost: Free

High Fashion, High Tea 
Descriptor: See unique millinery designs on display and in a ‘live showcase’ from Kangan Institute’s graduates and current students
Date: Saturday 27 August, 2 – 4.30pm
Location: The Westin
Cost: $59.00 make your booking here

Hat or headpiece? Making the right decision
Descriptor: This session will look at the difference between a hat and a headpiece, together with your bodyshape and how to get the right scale and proportion for you and your headpiece. It will also examine how to style your look with your accessories (make-up, sunglasses, jewellery) and how to own that look!
Date: Wednesday 31 August, noon – 12.45pm
Wednesday 31 August, 1 – 1.45pm
Thursday 1 September, noon – 12.45pm
Thursday 1 September, 1 – 1.45pm
Location: Kangan Institute, Docklands, Victoria, Australia
Cost: $35.00 make your booking here

Hair to enhance your head-wear
Descriptor: This look and learn workshop will show you different ways to style your hair to enhance your chosen head-wear.
Date: Wednesday 31 August, noon – 12.45pm
Wednesday 31 August, 1 – 1.45pm
Thursday 1 September, noon – 12.45pm
Thursday 1 September, 1 – 1.45pm
Location: Kangan Institute, Docklands, Victoria, Australia
Cost: $32.34 make your booking here

We are also likely to see hats on head at the main runway events of David Jones and Myer.  Myer are known for stocking both hand made Australian Millinery as well as a range of mass produced pieces while David Jones we are more likely to see the mass produced pieces.  Keep your eye out for other partnerships that may be occurring on the smaller scale runways and with independent designers.

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