BEHIND THE BRAND
Catherine started making hats & headpieces while living in Europe.
Her work has sold around the world & featured in fashion parades in the UK, France, China & Australia.
After leaving a corporate role with Heineken in Amsterdam, Catherine took the opportunity to build on her dressmaking expertise & learn the art of millinery.
“I could always make my own special occasion wear such as Melbourne Cup race wear, but I was always reliant on someone else to make my hats. Learning millinery gave me the freedom to create complete outfits that matched my vision exactly. Sometimes it is the hat that inspires the dress and sometimes it is the dress that inspires the hat."
Catherine is largely self taught, benefiting significantly from her dressmaking background.
After relocating from Amsterdam to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013, Catherine established her own label.
Now back in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, Catherine continues to create European influenced millinery.
Catherine is a Fellow Member of Millinery Australia and was Vice President of the 2022 Committee.
She is also a member of the Dutch Hat Association (Nederlandse Hoedenvereniging NHV).
Top 10, 2021 Millinery Australia Design Award
Innovation Prize & Top 10, 2021 Hattember Competition
Top 10, 2021 Dutch Millinery Competition
Double Finalist, 2021 Melbourne International Millinery Competition (MIMC)
Top 10, 2020 Hattember Competition
Top 8, 2020 MIMC
Double Finalist, 2020 MIMC
1st Prize, Formal Headwear, 2019 Royal Melbourne Show
Finalist, 2019 MIMC
Best Exhibit Millinery, 2018 Royal Melbourne Show