The Irish Millinery Collective Champagne Afternoon Tea 

Twelve of Ireland’s finest award-winning milliners will come together to showcase their headwear collections in the first event of its kind on Saturday October 19 at the Merchant Hotel.

The Irish Millinery Collective is a group of established milliners, from both the north and south of Ireland, with an impressive client base and plethora of awards between them. From Margaret O’Connor from Ennis, Co.Clare who has made hats for Lady Gaga, to The Season Hats from Derry who have showcased at London Fashion Week many times, alongside several others who are regularly featured designers in esteemed department stores such as Brown Thomas in Dublin.

The event starts at 2pm with a Champagne afternoon tea followed by a Millinery Fashion show and discussion, with clothing supplied by Blush Boutique, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Organiser, Belfast milliner Gráinne Maher said: “I am a founder member of the ‘Irish Millinery Collective’, and it’s our aim to come together as a professional body representing the best of Irish millinery, both north and south, encouraging the public to support these designers and choose them when planning their ladies’ day outfits, weddings, etc. The idea behind the collective is also to facilitate millinery learning via masterclasses with global millinery ambassadors, and we are thrilled to have Ian Bennett here as our first guest for this event.”

This event will see special guest Ian Bennett – a world renowned millinery tutor and one of London’s most in demand milliners – in conversation with journalist Ruth O’Connor, to chat all things hats, from his celebrity clients to all the current hat trends and day at the races style tips you’ll ever need. The afternoon will be hosted by Ireland’s top stylist Cathy O’Connor, who will select her favourite millinery looks of the day, and give style advice for race wear and events dressing for the upcoming season.

For any budding milliners, or professional milliners wishing to expand their skill set, a special Millinery Masterclass with Ian Bennett is taking place on Sunday October 20. For more information contact Gráinne Maher on 07813775164.

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