Author Archive | rosie boylan

Rosie Weaving in Vanuatu

My house of straw

In the lead up to the summer hat season I fill my studio with a range of straw hats in a myriad of colours, textures and patterns in preparation for designing my new summer styles. I take delight in the variety of fibres, their properties and counties of origin…. then delight again when the right […]

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Pacific partnerships in headwear

Rosie shares her hat making skills with Papua New Guinean women Recently I have been fortunate to share my hat making skills with the Bilum weavers of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) – a United Nations/World Trade Organisation agency focused on trade development, funded by the Australian Government through […]

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From the Top – interview with Style.com

“Hats are always important. Full stop,” said costume designer Catherine Martin when asked about the elaborate chapeaux featured in Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. “I think that one of the things that defines the period is evening headwear. Hats enhance the characters, create an otherworldliness, and help the audience understand that we’re in a time […]

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Catherine Martin wins Oscar for The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby has had some amazing recognition over the film awards season. Congratulations to Catherine Martin and everyone in her team, it is wonderful to be part of such a creative and innovative group. It has been amazing to see the warmth with which all of the hard work designing and making the costumes […]

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Prada & Great Gatsby headwear

  I have always been intrigued by how design is influenced by the interplay between fashion and film and the recent feature film The Great Gatsby is a hand in glove example of this relationship. The film showcases a collaboration between costume designer Catherine Martin and fashion designer Miuccia Prada with their creation of forty […]

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Cabbage Tree Hats

Rosie Boylan, Sydney hat maker, talks about  Australia’s first cottage craft, the Cabbage Tree Hat. Woven in Australia by first settlers and convicts to protect themselves from the hot Australian sun, the Cabbage Tree hat became the symbol of the ‘new chums’ of  early colonial Sydney. As a milliner for stage and screen, I have […]

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Headwear Incubator in Wagga Wagga

I was recently invited to conduct a workshop at the Wagga Wagga International Millinery Convention 2012. This is an event held every few years in regional New South Wales in the bustling rural city of Wagga Wagga on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. The one week forum was organised by a bunch of committed and […]

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