Couture hats

This page is devoted to one of my passions - couture hats - how together we design your own totally unique hat! 

Creating a hat or headpiece is a truly unique individual service, where together we create your very own hat or headpiece. It is what I really enjoy about couture millinery! Throughout the process the client's input and contribution is what makes the finished couture hat so very personal.


On this page I am including the images of some of the couture headpieces that I have created for every type of occasion including: Mothers of the Bride and principal wedding guests, race goers and owners, proud mums at christenings, fashionistas about town, for gentleman attending point to points and rugby matches, or for those just simply wanting to stroll though life wearing fashionable head gear. 

The creation of a your own couture piece begins over a cup of coffee when we get to know each other a little and have a conversation to find a source of inspiration for the design of the piece - be it your outfit, the occasion or a current fashion trend, or simply all three! I will guide you to find a shape of headpiece that suits you and that you feel comfortable wearing. This then leads naturally through to more in depth details including styling, fabrics, finishes and trimmings.

Once we have settled on the design together, working to the timing of your occasion I will source the luxurious materials needed (your 50% deposit will cover these expenses). Then the really exciting part starts in earnest as I begin to make your headpiece. This utilises the ancient skills of couture millinery, and so using the carefully selected couture fabrics, I craft a beautiful couture headpiece to your specific requirements, including your head size, colour, and design preference.

Of course I keep in touch throughout the design and making period by phone or email and after the initial shape is made there is a normally another consultation, when we get together for a fitting and re-confirm the trims and finishes we chose in our first appointment. At the third & final meeting the final piece will be revealed - this is also when the balance is payable - now at last the excitement really begins as you take delivery of your gorgeous headpiece. You can read my after care tips for couture millinery within Policies which includes advice on the "Millinery wear & care" page.

Here we see two of my lovely clients Ann & Gina, both wearing couture headpieces. Ann's dramatic sinamay saucer style piece has wired and beaded tulips, and Gina's headpiece has over 150 hand cut ombre feathers with Swarovski beaded stamens!

So, as well as being able to choose from my capsule ready to wear collection,  which includes fun and easy to wear fascinators starting from £75 - please enquire if you are interested in hiring, as selected items are available on this basis. Following the suggestions on this page you can commission your very own bespoke couture headpiece, with prices starting from £200. As you can see from the images I have included a couture headpiece is the ideal way to have something designed uniquely for you, perfectly complimenting your outfit, colouring and personality. 

Finally one important aspect of commissioning a couture hat or headpiece is customer service and so I was delighted to be selected as a finalist in the prestigious North of England Wedding Awards at a grand gala ceremony at York Races in September 2017, for Excellence in Customer Service. A very big thanks to all those brides and their principal guests who commissioned headpieces from me and then voted for The Northumberland Milliner!!

Please do drop me email at or use the contact page at the end of my website to get in touch to start planning how together we design your own totally unique couture head piece! Don't forget to browse the Policies page which includes advice on Millinery Wear and Care.

I really look forward to hearing from you and helping make your special event  even more memorable with a headpiece by The Northumberland Milliner - Margaret Woodliff Wright


Images from the top of the page -

In Celebration of Alnwick Garden - an emerald silk drum with a dark silk emerald wrap and hand formed cherry blossoms; Katie boater aqua, a perching boater with a plaited sinamay hatband, hand painted blue silk French poppy and veiling; Diana - a dramatic aubergine fur felt trilby with matching hatband a contrasting pheasant feather corsage (not seen); Morning Glory Lillies - cerise pink crown and ivory brim with wired sinamay lilies; Fleur D'Argent, ivory & silver twisted biots on a crinoline base with a diamante centre; Ann wears Tulipa (L) a black sinamay saucer style piece finished with wired and beaded tulips; Gina wears her namesake Gina (R) hand cut pale pink ombre feathers with Swarovski beaded stamens. POA