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Masterclass for the Saint Georges Society New York's 250th Anniversary

by Margaret Woodliff Wright | April 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

On the other side of the world someone’s having their 251st anniversary and there’s growing excitement about it here in North Northumberland!

The St George’s Society (SGSNY) founded in 1770, even before the War of Independence, is one of the USA’s oldest charities. The Society has over the centuries given aid to thousands of New York’s most vulnerable, helping those with British and Commonwealth links, who cannot help themselves. Covid 19 permitting the Society will be celebrating its 251st anniversary this summer, and as part of these celebrations, a short series of masterclasses is planned to take place in early summer. 

Saint Georges Society New York Logo and Margaret Woodliff Wright


Several months ago I answered the call for UK based creatives to submit their kit and masterclass concepts, for competitive tender to the UK Crafts Council, who were tasked with sifting their way through the submissions on behalf of the Society. The British heritage of the Society features strongly in the society’s website hero banners, including the stunning stylised rose, featured below, and this intrigued me. The brief for the masterclasses included the guidance that the theme should draw inspiration from the hero banners featured on the SGSNY website, which includes the stylised Rose that I had fallen in love.

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to hear the news that my kit and zoom masterclass concept had been selected by the society. Since when I have been "beavering" away putting the kits together. They have just arrived in New York and the class is scheduled to take place via Zoom on May 25th. The masterclass kits are now available to be ordered via the SGSNK website, and will be sent direct. SGSNK patrons will be able to enjoy the zoom workshop itself on May 25th in the comfort of their own homes, just click on the link here for more details I can’t wait to meet everyone! 

Saint Georges Society New York - Roses are Red - Millinery workshop kit

Following the event, the SGSNK kits and zoom masterclass will be available on general release from May 26th via my accessories store, please just click on the link here. Further colour options are being planned to reflect the colours of the emblems of the UK nations. The design will also be available in bespoke colourways, please use the Contact Me page to get in touch for more details

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Gok Wan comes to Newcastle!

by Margaret Woodliff | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

On September 30th Gok Wan brought his latest show to Newcastle, One Size Fits All, concentrating on building female self confidence and worth. I was delighted that Gok chose to include my latest millinery collection and have now created a page on my website called "The Gok Wan Collection" with some of the images from the catwalk show!
Here's a selection of images from the detailed preparation that took place before the show started, which I think gives a taste of the feeling of anticipation and sheer fun that pervaded the day.
And some of the pieces that I showed on my catwalk show!

Image credits:

Nicola Canavan

IG @loveinfocusportraits

Lucy Prescott

IG @lucyprescottphotography

Lewis Hague

IG @haguephotography

Laura Thompson

IIG @Laura-tphotography

Posted in Gok Wan

Gok Wan - One Size Fits All - is coming to Gateshead!

by Margaret Woodliff | August 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

For those of you that don't know yet - I have an announcement - the charismatic Gok Wan has selected the North East for the start of his next tour, One Size Fits All.

And if that wasn't exciting enough, Gok has selected Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery as the only couture millinery collection to be on the catwalk at the Gateshead Hilton on September 30th, I can't wait to hear his catwalk commentary on my collection!

So I am now busy getting my collection completely up to date and the excitement is growing, especially as four of the ten shows, including the Gateshead Hilton show, are already fully sold out!

Finally, if you fancy getting a touch of your own millinery excitement too, would you like to make your own piece of winter millinery, if so please get in touch. My next three week workshop course starts in Alnwick on October 25th, and continues on Nov 1st & 8th - but hurry as there's just three places remaining. You can find more details on the workshop page of my website. 

Posted in Alnwick, couture millinery, Gatesead Hilton, Gok Wan, Northumberland, Workshops

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