Hats off to designer’s new collection

Millner Margaret Woodliff Wright'Picture by Jane Coltman
Millner Margaret Woodliff Wright'Picture by Jane Coltman

A contemporary designer from north Northumberland has created a new First World War-inspired hat collection which will go on show as part of a major fashion project.

Earlier this year, Margaret Woodliff Wright, from Doxford, was specially selected for the prestigious Making Headway initiative.

Margaret Woodliff's vintage heart shaped pin cushion inspired head piece.

Margaret Woodliff's vintage heart shaped pin cushion inspired head piece.

Her first collection of head wear, mainly inspired by the artist LS Lowry, has been on show at the Hat Works Museum, in Stockport, since May and will run until the middle of November.

Now, she has come up with a new batch of hats, which will be displayed at the attraction from the end of next month.

She said: “For my latest collection for Making Headway, I have developed a general First World War theme, inspired by sweetheart pincushions, which were used as occupational therapy for serving and recuperating personnel.

“The collection includes a vintage heart shaped pin-cushion-inspired head piece, a green fedora modelled on the hat worn by Bob Cross, the Geordie singer in the stage play Warhorse and a 1910/20s-style riding hat in taupe felt, decorated with hand-made silk poppies inspired by the current installation at the Tower of London.”

The exhibition celebrates and showcases the fabulous work of 13 emerging millinery talents, including Margaret, who were selected to participate in the Art Council-funded initiative through open competition.

Following a series of masterclasses designed to further develop their millinery expertise, the two fabulous collections of hats inspired by Stockport museums collections have been created.