Hat’s a great achievement

Millner Margaret Woodliff Wright'Picture by Jane Coltman
Millner Margaret Woodliff Wright'Picture by Jane Coltman
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Staggered but privileged - this is how a contemporary designer has described the feeling of winning a place on an exciting new fashion project.

Margaret Woodliff Wright, from Doxford, has been recognised as one of the UK’s 13 best up-and-coming milliners after being selected through open competition for the Making Headway initiative.

The professional development programme results in the creation of two new design collections of hats, which will include quirky pieces made by Margaret, inspired by Stockport’s museum collections.

It will be launched with a catwalk fashion show against the back drop of St Mary’s Church in Stockport Market Place on Saturday, May 17.

This will be followed by a new exhibition at the town’s Hat Works Museum – the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry – which opens on Saturday, May 24, and runs until the middle of November.

For the very first time at Hat Works, people will be able to buy the hats on show. Two of Margaret’s creations are priced at £350 each, while the other is £250.

The second of the two collections will go on show towards the end of the year.

Margaret said: “With an international selection process, competition to gain a place on Making Headway was fierce and I feel very privileged to be included in the project.

“I am delighted by the opportunity this project offers me to progress my professional development as a milliner. It is a bit staggering, but I am delighted.”

Two of Margaret’s three pieces for the first collection have been inspired by artist Lowry, who is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England.

Margaret said: “Lowry is a key player in Stockport. From the Hat Works Museum’s window, you can see the viaduct that he painted.

“One of the themes of two of the hats is the round shape of the arches of the viaduct and I have incorporated that into two of the pieces.”