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Heads Above the Rest – Millinery Learner Wins Award

WM College Millinery learners has been featured in the prestigious magazine The Hat Magazine issue 97, after winning the ‘Innovative Use of Felt’ award in the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers Design Competition 2023. Niki Bywater’s brilliant paint pot creation caught the judges eye with its quirky design and innovative use of materials.


Judges of the competition commented “All the judges loved Niki’s fun paint pot hat. Niki had experimented using chalk paint on felt. She had blocked the shape onto a paint pot, and a paintbrush used sinamay for the bristles. The result was surreal and witty.” View the full article and magazine here.

Niki’s work is also currently featuring in the exhibition ‘Hats Made Me’ by the Culture Trust Luton, on until December 2023. This major exhibition explores the global significance of hats and headwear. Staged at Stockwood Discovery Centre, the exhibition features objects from the world’s most celebrated fashion and performance milliners as well as 400 years of hats from the collection.

Well done Niki! We’re very proud of you! You can discover more of Niki’s brilliant work on her Instagram page here and if you have an interest in millinery and fashion, why not enrol on one of our courses

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