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Member Spotlight: Jane Walton

We’ve asked members of the Fashion in Leeds network to tell us more about who they are. This week, we spoke to Jane Walton, a trained couture milliner.

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Jane Walton and I’m a trained couture milliner. I design and hand make elegant hats and headpieces of all kinds, specialising in gorgeous bespoke headwear for special occasions such as weddings and the races. 

Every piece is designed specifically for the client and their occasion, resulting in the perfect headwear to make you look and feel your very best. 

So whatever your vision: avant garde, fashion forward, and daring, or sophisticated, retro and classic, Jane Walton Millinery will create it for you. 

I see clients by appointment in my studio/showroom in a beautiful Victorian building in Far Headingley. Consultations are friendly, free of charge and no obligation!

Who, or what, inspires you?

Everything! I’m inspired by shapes and colours everywhere. I also love haute couture hats from previous decades, both the classic shapes and the more wacky designs – some of which look so modern even though they may have been designed 50 years ago! I have about 20 hats that I want to make ‘in my head’ at any one time, so no shortage of ideas, just time!

Favourite shops or brands?

My favourite milliner has to be Philip Treacy. His amazing sculptural shapes have changed the way hats are perceived.  His designs have clean lines and are always designed to flatter the wearer. 

For clothes I have eclectic taste and wear what I like, wherever it has come from! I tend to wear plain, well shaped clothes, supplemented with very occasional designer pieces. I like to finish with a standout accessory,  a scarf, or of course an amazing hat. My current favourite is a gorgeous hand stitched silk leopard print scarf that was a charity shop find, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my cowboy boots and patent Docs when the weather cools down!

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I’m very fortunate to work with the renowned designer Anita Massarella, who specialises in haute couture bridal and special occasion wear, finishing her exquisite outfits with a hat to complement her design and flatter the wearer.

It would be a dream to collaborate with Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior. She’s so modern and forward thinking whilst utilising Dior archives.I love EVERYTHING she’s designed!

Where can we follow you online?

Please follow me for the newest designs, open studio invitations, and details of beginners millinery courses.

My website is Janewalton.co.uk and I regularly update Instagram @janewaltonmillinery and Facebook /janewaltonmillinery. 

Thanks Jane!

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