This is a very old-school millinery technique that was popular in the 1910's and 1920's. It is still seen in crowns and brims for the races and in many period reproductions for theater and film. Wire frames are constructed without hat blocks and of fairly inexpensive materials. Using wire, milliners build small headpieces like the crowns we will make in class, extravagant costume ball headpieces, and even hat designs such as a top hat or wide brimmed cloche. Once you've learned the technique, there are infinite possibilities!
In this 7 hr class, students will design and construct a wire frame crown using millinery wire, add trims, and cover the frame for a smooth finish. We will take a one hour lunch break mid-day.
There is virtually no sewing required in this class!
The class fee of $195 includes supplies needed for the frame (wire, tape, tulle). Students will need to bring pliers and wire snips plus any trims they would like to use on their design. Register at https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/wire-frame-crowns
Instructor: Laura Del Villagio