Beverley established Beverley Edmondson Millinery in 2008, growing quickly from a spare bedroom to a high street boutique in 2010 and building a loyal following.
Her work has been featured in the national and international press, The Royal Ascot Style Guide, and at Royal weddings amongst others. She has also designed and created wholesale collections for major high street brands and stocked in Fenwicks of Bond Street.
Clients are the inspiration for most of Beverley’s designs, carefully listening and fulfilling their needs, designing hats for each individual, personality and stature. She has built a business based on exceptional customer service.
Beverley is also the creator of the Milliners Planner and offers ‘Making Money From Millinery’ mentoring for milliners looking to take their millinery business to the next level. She also teaches traditional millinery techniques.
She also serves as Treasurer on BMA Ambassador board.
QEST Scholar Jane Fryers is a millinery artist and master of the unusual. She creates bespoke hats using traditional techniques learned from the late Queen Mother’s milliner, Rose Cory MBE and combining them with surprising fabrics. She has created couture headwear from 35mm film, pre-loved cashmere jumpers, a handbag, and stair carpet trim, as well as her favourite material; fish leather. Jane travels the world teaching others how to work with the ethically tanned skins of salmon, cod, carp, and tilapia. She has even had occasion to explain the finer points of ocean leather to Her Majesty the Queen.
Jane teaches week-long summer courses working with felt and sinamay at Central St Martins London. She also has online tutorials on fish leather projects with The Hat Academy and Katherine Elizabeth.
As the Ambassador Chair, Jane employs a variety of tactics to keep Ambassador meetings on track, while typing minutes at the speed of light.
Jenny has over 20 years of fashion, styling and millinery expertise, constantly looking to new trends to inspire her creations; crafting headwear which flatters and enhances the look of every client. From her shop in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Jenny offers a bespoke millinery service, in addition to an extensive selection of hats to hire. Her
designs have adorned the front pages of The Times, in Vogue’s Top ‘Ascot’ Hats, Marie Claire and The Daily Mail. Jenny and her creations have also featured in Tatler under the banner of ‘the Best Milliner in Yorkshire’.
Jenny’s passion and authenticity shine through in her thoughts on the importance of getting design right… “I love seeing the way my clients feel when wearing my headwear; they seem to ‘light-up’ with the confidence, that a well-suited hat brings, it’s magical!” She feels a passion to pass skills on and has taught millinery since 2015. Her broad range of carefully crafted classes, delivered from her studio and online, span all aspects of millinery are in high demand. Jenny is also thrilled to have taught at London Hat Week, for ‘The British Millinery Association,’ and for ‘The American Institute of Millinery.’ Jenny also finds time to be an active and passionate member of The British Hat Guild.
Having such a wealth of experience allows Jenny to bring a rich source of insider designer and tutor knowledge to The British Millinery Association. She is very excited for the future of the organisation and thrilled to be part of a community driving the continued preservation of British millinery.
Katherine Elizabeth is an award-winning milliner in London whose achievements include the Walpole Crafted scheme, Lff Profile Awards, and Dzina Fashion Awards. In 2012, she was chosen from over a thousand retailers for the London Lifestyle Award for Best Fashion Retailer.
Constantly pushing the boundaries for strong conceptual creations and show-stopping collections, Katherine Elizabeth Millinery is further set apart by its fine attention to ethical fabrics and sourcing. All pieces are hand-made with love and care by a small London team utilizing fine French lace, Italian silks and hand embellished applique and beadwork.
Katherine Elizabeth hats are perfect for Royal Ascot, Melbourne Cup, Irish Races, Kentucky derby, Epsom Derby, weddings, and all special occasions.
Back in 2004, the fashion was to have sleek, straight long hair – neat and groomed. As the proud owner of some pretty uncontrollable curls, Katie couldn’t find anything in the high street to put in her hair, so started making things instead. Having been stopped in the street several times and asked where her hair “things” were from, she decided to go to evening school to build on her creative skills.
Since then, Katie has learned the traditional art of millinery, completed many courses in wire work and spent several years training with the wonderful Rose Cory, MBE, former Milliner by Royal Appointment to the late Queen Mother.
In 2006 she launched Katie Vale Designs and in the intervening years, has designed and handmade hundreds of hats in her studio. She loves her craft and is passionate about making hats that make her clients happy and confident. A Katie Vale design is always made with great thought and care.
As well as being a proud co-founder and Ambassador of the BMA, Katie recently launched The Millinery School with Katie Vale.
Katie is also a familiar and helpful point of contact for BMA members as the organisation’s Member Coordinator.
Canadian Stefanie Stanway is a couture flower maker and, for more than a decade, author of popular millinery blog, “Royal Hats”. In her primary career as a nonprofit consultant, she is passionate about creating vibrant learning communities. She employs a collaborative approach to support organisations develop and grow, firmly believing that we work better when we work together.
A founding Ambassador, Stefanie is honoured to empower members and the development of their skills. She collaboratively plans Monthly Talks and training initiatives in her role as the association’s Education Coordinator.
Svetlana Faulkner is a Russian-born UK-based advanced flower accessory conceptual artist with more than 9 years’ experience. Her brand, Present Perfect Creations, offers original bespoke flower jewellery as well as floral hairpieces and accessories. Her work embodies a mixture of colour and texture to create a sculptural, 3D feel with the use of a wide range of fine fabrics as well as genuine leather. Throughout the years she has developed some specialist techniques which make Svetlana Faulkner’s designs one of a kind. Thanks to her original design approach and expert craftsmanship her pieces are both beautiful to look at and inspiring to wear.
Svetlana loves sharing her knowledge and experience with other like-minded artists and milliners from the UK as well as from overseas. Spreading the art of advanced flower making is Svetlana’s aim, be it in the form of her finished floral pieces or her informative in-depth tutorials and workshops.
We are delighted to have Svetlana sharing her passion for millinery as one of our BMA Ambassadors.
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