First of all, there were 15 millinery instructors from all over the world, teaching 200 millinery students from all over the world. Then mix in the fact that it was held Down Under, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia; add so much creative electricity that you could shock yourself, and what you'd end up with is just a glimpse of what being at the International Millinery Forum 2012 was all about. Yes...I'm gushing.
That's Harold in the center writing orders as fast as he can!
Hatters Millinery Supply from Sydney.
Hatblocks galore! All of these sold within minutes of the doors opening. Doug does a fabulous job creating all kinds of shapes--brims, crowns, fascinators.
Three very tired (and spent!) millinery tutors: (L to R) Eia, Lina, Serena.
That night was the official opening of the International Millinery Form, with a Mayoral Reception. All the tutors rode in vintage cars to the reception and were met by all the delegates and the Lord Mayor in full regalia.
Arrival! Waltraud, me and Jasmin.
After the official opening all the tutors were featured in a hat fashion show, emceed by fashion guru Susie Ehlerman.
A few shots from behind the scenes with models and some of the tutors.
Serena and her model. Great line and color.
Waltraud and one of her sensational jinsin pieces, what she's famous for!
Neil with Kree in a gorgeous hot pink number. Beautiful! Kree is the daughter of the family I stayed with in Wagga.
Carol's feather fantasies! Huge and fabulous!
My two hats--All Decked Out and Flights of Fancy. I'll talk about them later.
And for the grand finale of the evening, the Riverina Millinery Association hosted the opening of their exhibit of wonderful hats. We were all blown away by the diversity of the styles.
I'll be posting at least one more post about the Forum which will include info about my classes and the grand gala.
Photos by Eia, Jasmin and myself.