Bronwyn Shooks first started making hats in 2000 when, thanks to a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, she began her millinery training with the renowned theatrical milliner Jean Carroll OAM.
Bronwyn’s work can be seen across theatre, film and television; most notably the stage musicals My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, War Horse, Love Never Dies, the Lion King and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. TV and film credits include: Gods of Egypt, The Water Diviner, Deadline Gallipoli, I Will Survive, Underbelly Squizzy and Underbelly Razor. Bronwyn has also worked with a diverse range of Australian theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, Theatre of Image, Ensemble Theatre and Big hART.
She currently teaches theatrical millinery at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA); and has previously taught Certificate 2 and 3 in Millinery, Theatrical Millinery (as part of the Theatre Costume course), and Millinery (as an advanced subject) to Floristry students at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute.
In 2017 she was the winner of the Master Millinery section at the Royal Melbourne Show. This section is invitational only for Members of The Millinery Association of Australia. Bronwyn won the section with a black straw braid tricorn style with a fine pink edge and crinoline veil.
The 162nd Royal Melbourne Show runs from 22 September until 2 October 2018. The Art, Craft and Cookery sections including the millinery awards can be found at the The Spotlight Makers Pavilion.
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