My path to millinery was a long one, from learning to sew as a child to politics to art history, and, finally to millinery, with so many twists and turns along the way.
After receiving my Master's Degree in Art History and working in the art world for 20 years, I returned to school and completed the millinery program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Upon completion, I started my millinery business and joined the Milliners Guild. I continue to add to my skills, taking classes from renowned milliners from around the world. I make all of my hats in my New York City studio using the finest materials and maintaining meticulous attention to detail.
I have had the great honor and privilege of working with Stephen Jones OBE on several occasions. We have worked together making hats and headpieces for a few seasons of NY Fashion Week for Marc Jacobs and Savage Fenty. I also worked with Stephen on the installation of the headpieces for the exhibit, In Pursuit of Fashion, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s not every day we get to meet our idols, let alone work with them. I’m a lucky girl.
I also work at Arnold Levine, Inc., where we make hats and headpieces for Broadway, ballets, operas, theater, TV, movies … Working with Arnold and his talented staff has expanded my millinery knowledge and skills to include things I had never even thought about, like making a headpiece for the theater production of SpongeBob out of hair curlers, plastic forks, and earplugs. There's always something new to learn.
I have been a member of the Milliners Guild since 2008, a year after its inception. I am currently serving as President and have served as Vice President, Treasurer, and Board Member in years past.