Annelli Clarke is a model milliner who uses traditional millinery techniques and processes to produce beautifully striking hats and headwear.
Following on from her original training at Central St. Martins with milliner to HM The Queen Ian Bennett, she has also learnt from former Royal Master Milliner Rose Cory, established hat maker Noel Stewart and spent a few months working in the studio of milliner to the stars Piers Atkinson.
She was a finalist in Grazia magazine’s ‘Hat Factor’ competition in 2012, held to find talented and up-and-coming milliners, and judged by Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Paula Reed and Jane Bruton. Her chosen piece was singled out for being fit for ‘many of the popstrels we so adore.’
Influences are diverse – 20th Century styles, headwear from other cultures, religions or periods in history, popular culture, sculpture, birds and insects. Annelli’s work manages to bring together traditional millinery materials such as felts, straws and feathers with more innovative media such as plastics, leather and metal.
The first collection featured here, lucida futurum, is for modern brides.
If you would like some unique headwear she will work with you using your own design ideas or preferences, providing advice on material, shape, form and trim to produce something sharp and original. Please note that all the headwear featured can be made in different colours and collaborative commissions are energetically accepted.