Hattember 2022

Hattember 2022

20th Sep 2022

Hattember 2022 has once again been a resounding success, with over 60 entrants from across the world - including Romania, Sweden, the UK, the US and all states of Australia. In each of the three categories this year – Millinery, Novice Millinery and Modern Revival – Hatters Millinery Supplies send a curated bag of materials to each entrant that challenges the entrants to create a hat or headpiece using at least some part of each of the provided items.

So many spectacular creative entries arrived to us in Sydney to be judged by our esteemed panel of judges. This year’s judges included Neil Grigg, renowned Sydney milliner with over 40 years experience dressing celebrities, brides, and race goers.

Andrea Caneiro, head of the Fashion and Design Studio at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney and her own millinery label Somewhere Here.

Rebecca Read, head milliner at Opera Australia.

Our final judge was Cynthia Jones-Bryson, who is a renowned award-winning milliner and was the select Milliner to Dame Quentin Bryce when she was the Governor General of Australia. We were lucky enough to host Cynthia as our Designer-in-Residence teaching her signature feather workshop on the weekend following the Hattember event. The standard of entries made it extremely difficult to crown a winner, with the judging criteria covering a mixture of design, skill, expertise, fit, creative use of materials, and originality. From a humble bag of materials sourced from Hatters Millinery Supplies everyone created a work of art.

There is currently an online voting platform for the people’s choice award Where you can choose your favourite from the gallery of submitted entries. The public vote will be open until the 30th of September.

We are especially thankful as this is now the 8th year of running the Hattember® competition, the proceeds of which go to the JOHN SKIPPER KELLYfund, a sub fund of the Sydney Community Foundation. This contribution allows us to implement a number of annual small impact scholarships for young people throughOzgreenand theAurora Foundation.

Congratulations to our winners for Hattember 2022!

The prizes were announced at a gathering at Embellish® Atelier on the 1st of September and the winners displayed in the store front window .


1st PLACE - Rebecca Carswell - Amelda Millinery

2nd Place Yasmina Black

3rd Place - Desleigh Lobsey – Desleigh Millinery


1st Place - Ginetta Rositano – Capelli Di Rosi

2nd Place - Irene Moore – Moore Millinery Designs

3rd Place - Karen Livingston – KML Millinery


1st Place - Araks Nazarian

2nd Place - Maria Carmen Syed Abdul Melnic

Joint 3rd Place - Leanne Bensley – Leanne Bensley Millinery

Joint 3rd Place - Robyn Fowler

Encouragement Award - Rebecca Hillis – Rebecca Hillis Millinery

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous prizes – the Millinery Association of Australia, The Hat Magazine, HaTalk e-magazine, Hat Academy, The Essential Hat, Hatlines Magazine, Christine Waring, Neil Grigg, Marianne Jongkind, The Total Package and Hatters Millinery Supplies.

We would also like to than our model ambassador Kiersten Duke and Lily Wood for the photography.

Read more about Hattember on our dedicated website and follow us on Instagram @hattember and @hatters_millinery_supplies

Photogragh of Rebecca Carswells winning headpiece. model: Kiersten Duke. 

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