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British Cultural and Historical Millinery

This one-week unique specialist workshop provides you with the opportunity to explore the world of British cultural and historical millinery, and create your own pieces.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 14 August – Friday 18 August 2023


At the point of booking you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only


Course fee plus accommodation


Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package


  • Plenty of enthusiasm and passion for fashion, and a willingness to try new skills and techniques

  • All additional course materials and resources not mentioned in 'what to bring'
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Broaden and develop your design ideas and techniques
  • Come away with the ability to build and design your own unique hats and/or headpieces
  • Develop an understanding of specialist millinery techniques and materials
  • Gain hands-on experience experimenting with specific materials and techniques
  • Extend your skill set in fashion accessories, specifically millinery
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 12 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

This course is perfect if you have a passion for historical millinery and wish to explore the processes involved, or have an interest in creating something very different, but with a British twist.

It'll allow you to expand your knowledge of historical techniques, specific millinery materials and release your own creativity.

Based on British cultural identity this exciting workshop has been specially designed to provide you with the opportunity to create historically correct and/or themed hats and head pieces.

You'll be shown how to use a variety of specialist millinery materials and techniques. Combining traditional practices based on cultural identity, you'll create your own unique and inspiring hat pieces.

Your tutor, Chloe Scrivener, possesses many years’ experience of working in the millinery industry, and will guide you through the techniques in an easy-to-understand fashion. You'll learn and develop the skills to allow you to investigate, experiment and create your own unique hat pieces.

This highly practical course will consist of talks, practical demonstrations, inspiration into planning your designs, and support you throughout with professional guidance and direction from your tutor. This will all enable you to successfully construct and accomplish your self-designed final pieces.

Your final pieces will consist of working with felt, straw and buckram. You'll also learn how to select and use trimmings appropriate to ‘dress’ your hats.

  • An introduction into the world of British millinery through history to the present day, including research of British milliners and other areas for inspiration
  • An introduction to creating a mood board of inspiration and identifying your target customer
  • Sketching to develop your design, including colour choices and fabric samples
  • Practical demonstrations of different millinery materials (felt, straw and buckram)
  • Practical demonstrations of different millinery techniques (proportions, edges, wiring, and finishes)
  • An introduction to trims and trimmings (feathers, flowers and fabric)
  • Finalising designs using fashion illustration to create a mini hat collection
  • Creation of mini hat collection (between two and three finished hats/headpieces)

  • An educational trip to London to visit millinery suppliers/fabric shops and a museum for inspiration and to gain a deeper appreciation for historical millinery
  • An opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

Whether you're interested in designing and making hats for pleasure or thinking of embarking on a more commercial venture with your work, this course is the ideal place to start. The workshop atmosphere of the course allows flexibility so that each person’s experience, ability, and taste are taken into consideration.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

Except your basic sewing kit, all additional course materials and resources, software and equipment is included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at

After this course you could:

  • Study a Fashion, Textiles and Accessories short course to expand your skills further
  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby
  • Use your new skills to create a cosplay outfit and props to take to a convention, contribute to a production or wear to a fancy dress party

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Chloe Scrivener, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

Chloe Scrivener

Chloe Scrivener

Your Millinery tutor, Chloe Scrivener, is a professional Milliner with 22+ years experience working in the fashion industry.

Examples of hats and millinery pieces

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore the full spectrum of millinery, hats and headwear accessories under the theme of British culture and history.

Check out our millinery courses in action

This course will take place in AUB's industry-standard studios, and all course materials and tools are included in your course fee. Take a look at our millinery courses in action, led by Chloe Scrivener, for an idea of the type of activity you'll be undertaking. You'll explore and experiment with different millinery materials and a range of millinery techniques. Plus, by the end of the course you'll have a mini collection of hats to keep and cherish.

Course overview

Check out the course dates and fees for this 2-week full-time course below, including our popular residential package.