After graduating from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Katherine began her career in millinery under the talented eye of Stephen Jones, creating pieces for the Dior runway shows and the John Galliano boutique in Paris. She was also lucky enough to work with Catherine Delaney in theatre and film and then set out to launch her very own millinery house in Clerkenwell, before moving to the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank.
Today, Katherine is an award-winning milliner who has created hats for Kyle Ho, Jasper Garvida, the Asudari show during Paris Fashion Week, Debbie McGee, Dita Von Teese, Lily Allen, The Noisettes, and Downton Abbey. She is also an associate and award winner the of the following:
• Lifestyle Awards – Best Retailer 2012
• Global Wedding Awards – Best Milliner with Luxury Life Magazine 2018
• Corporate Live Wire – Milliner of the year 2018
• Southwalk Business awards – Business Enterprise of the year finalist 2019
• Dezina Fashion Awards Winner
Some of Katherine’s biggest achievements include guest presenting for the BBC’s Royal Ascot Ladies Day, being commissioned to create the hat for the official Kate Middleton Princess Catherine doll, discussing hats with the incredible Duchess of Cornwall, and exhibiting with Fortnum & Mason during London Craft Week, and Coutts Bank during London Fashion Week. She has also appeared on Goodwood coverage via ITV with Mark Hayes – stylist on the Lorraine Show.
What Millinery Means to Katherine…
“I take my inspiration from sculptural art, architecture, and nature, pulling all of these elements together in my designs. Like a conceptual sculpture, no two of my designs are ever the same. To me, a hat isn’t something you should wear because you feel you have to. I design hats to empower and give confidence to the wearer. I believe every hat should be a sculpture that enhances both your features and your outfit.
Whether it’s Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, The Irish Races, Epsom Derby, weddings, garden parties, or if you simply need a glamorous headpiece; Katherine Elizabeth Millinery is home to beautiful hand-made millinery.”