Crin, couture and fascinators

Following participation in our mentoring programme with Principal Corporate Supporter Macquarie, Streetwise Opera performer Margaret Nyanka attended a specialist millinery course to follow her interests and develop her skills. She describes her experiences: 

I spent two weeks at Kensington and Chelsea College exploring specialist millinery techniques. I learnt skills including research and idea generation, sketching, material manipulation, and surface effects and treatments. It improved my skills and helped my mental stagnation.

I was able to explore the design process and gain an industry awareness of art, design and fashion. I was taught material manipulation to explore the possibilities of a material called 'crin' which is very good to work with. It's flexible and you can use lots of metres to get a better creation in your hat.

Art and fashion were the main source of inspiration and guided us towards creating a finished fascinator with a high level of couture style (pictured). We explored through our tutor's guidance as well as working independently at home.

I would like to thank Macquarie and the Streetwise Opera staff who worked hand in hand to enable me to attend this course. Millinery was my dream course because I enjoy making things. I would now like to go further and do a BTEC Level 2 in the future.