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Featured as a Durham University Hild Bede Alumni

by Margaret Woodliff | August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

I'm never quite sure how to react when something delightful and unexpected happens on the PR front, similar to what occurred earlier this week. Should I keep quiet or let you know?

Well when I opened the post earlier this week and leafed through the prestigious Durham University Alumni Magazine that had just been delivered, I found as normal an interesting selection of articles including the ones on alumni and where their careers and lives had taken them, post their time at Hild Bede, which I have to tell you is one of the most fantastic Colleges, at Durham Uni. Never for one moment did I think I would be included, however as I leafed through I came across a page where I recognised images of my work. As I read the article my sense of wonderment increased. I've absorbed it all now, and have to confess that I can't really don't think I can keep quiet about the editorial! So thank you, Editor!

Here's one of the pieces featured - Spring.

As the magazine is only available to Alumni of the College - I'm including a copy here so everyone can have an opportunity to read it!

If you have the time I hope you will enjoy reading the article which covers my study period at the Durham College of Hild Bede; my subsequent commercial experience, and then explores how my earlier creative period at Durham influenced my later decision to continue my creative professional development by retraining as a couture milliner. 




The Northumberland Milliner to be featured at Fenwick of York

by Margaret Woodliff | August 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

I am very excited to have been asked to put together another collection of millinery for the latest race week at York Race Course, for The Design Room at Fenwick of York.

To coincide with the collection being launched in The Design Room, I have been helped by the wonderful Newcastle based graphic designer Hollie Ellis, to rebrand "Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery". As everyone in our wonderful county of Northumberland refers to me as Northumberland's Hat Lady we felt it appropriate that this should be included in the new branding.

Hollie has designed a collection of logos all featuring this strong image, and over the coming months the rebranding will gradually evolve throughout my collection!

So for starters here's the new white on black image now being featured on my hat boxes and launched at York this month, along with the smart black on white product swing tags.

So if you are shopping in York over the next month please look out for my pop up shop on the first floor of Fenwick of York, and its new punchy branding!




Posted in Branding, Hollie Ellis Design, The Northumberland Milliner

All ready for the "Off" at Fenwicks of York

by Margaret Woodliff | August 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

After an exciting Autumn ’16, when a number of my millinery headpieces were selected for international millinery exhibitions, I was delighted when Fenwick of York asked me to put together a couture collection of model millinery for their cutting edge womenswear Design Room. Launched there in May ‘17, it will be featured in the 1st Floor Fashion area for the months of August & November, too. In an earlier post I wrote about the wonderful reception the collection received from customers and staff alike in the York store in May.

For this month’s pop up shop, I have created some new pieces over the course of the summer. August of course is an important race month in York - culminating in Ladies Day at the Ebor Event. So I thought I would feature a couple of these new pieces in this blog post. 

Seen here is “York” modelled by Esther Davidson of Alnwick, at the Belford Arts Festival last month. “York “ a popular saucer shape, is worn on headband and features a hand painted feather flower with bejewelled diamante centre, set amongst peacock hurl

“Katie” worn by Kayleigh Lindstedt author of the fashion blog “I Dream of Coco” is a modern interpretation of a classic boater. Katie features a two-tone crown, plaited hatband, is trimmed with an exuberant hand painted French silk ivory & blue poppy, veiling and trimmed coque feathers.


Both “York” & “Katie” are included in the Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery Collection currently available from Fenwick of York.


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Posted in #CoutureMillinery, couture millinery, Ebor Week, Fenwick of York, Ladies Day, Margaret Woodliff Wright, The Design Room, York Races

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