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In the Studio with Rebecca Share Milliner...

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This year we decided that we wanted to give our readers a bit of a "Selby" styled insight into the studios of our milliners, so you can get a feel for the personalities, skill and craft that goes into each of the beautiful pieces of millinery you see in our store. The studio of each milliner really is a reflection of their charactaristics and hat making styles, and every time we visit them we are transported into a magical world of colour, textures and beautiful hats, so we wanted to take you there too!

There's arguably no better way to start this series than with the beautiful light-filled Geelong studio of Rebecca Share, - it's a wonderful mix of clean lines, colour and elegant hints of vintage, which fittingly are all features so apparent in her work. So we spent a morning with Rebecca chatting through her headwear inspirations, winning fashions on the field millinery moments, and had a good nosy around her colourful arrays of materials. Take a read here...   

*All pictures by The Eternal Headonist

TEH - We've been loving what we've been seeing of your 2015 millinery range so far, so tell us a little about your collection for The Eternal Headonist this season...

RS - I love this season’s metallic trend and have designed a number of face veils and structured hats using metallic materials. The white and gold metallic crinoline material is exclusive to my designs this season, and is really eye-catching. 

I’ve also made a series of leather flower crowns in an assortment of colours, which are perfect for the races and so easy to wear for plenty of other occasions too as they're really versatile. 

TEH - How would you describe the Rebecca Share signature style?

RS - Dramatic structured silhouettes. Clean lines with a focus on high-impact trims. 

TEH - So who or what have been the major influences on this structured yet dramatic millinery style? 

RS - Philip Treacy has been a major style influence; I adore his work and the silhouettes he creates. I remember hearing Philip say once that "the head is round and just about any shape can be made to sit on it", it really influenced me to think beyond the usual 'hat shapes' available.

The biggest influence on my millinery has been my hat block maker ‘Darryll Osborne’ from ‘Hat Blocks Australia’. We have worked together to create amazing new wooden hat block shapes which have now been released as the ‘Rebecca Share Hat Block Series’ and are available for other Milliners to purchase. It’s been an honor to share the hat block designs with Milliners of the world and I get a real buzz out of seeing new hats made with the blocks.

TEH - We've certainly seen a few Rebecca Share blocked pieces in the collections of local & international milliners, it must be really fulfilling knowing you're inspiring so many people. So what inspired you yourself to become a milliner and pick up the needle and hat block? 

RS - While studying fashion at R.M.I.T in Melbourne, I went to see a milliner to have a hat made. That Milliner was none other than Kim Fletcher who encouraged me to study Millinery and so the following year I left R.M.I.T to pursue a career in hat making, studying at 'The Melbourne School of Millinery with Waltraud Reiner. Waltraud was (and still is) an incredible teacher, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it had not been for her influence and guidance along the way.

TEH - You've certainly established yourself as one of Australia's top milliners since then, what’s been the proudest moment or greatest achievement of your career so far?

RS - Without a doubt my biggest achievement was winning the most converted award in Australian Millinery -  the MYER Fashions on the Field ‘Millinery Award’ held on Oaks Day at Flemington race course, which I won in 2011. The award is an invitation only event held by the Victorian Racing Club (VRC), it was overwhelming to win and such a feeling of elation and honour amongst my fellow Milliners. I have since also come Runner Up (2014) and 2nd Runner Up (2013), and it's been amazing to have that win validated.  

TEH -  What do you love most about the madness of Spring Racing season?

RS - Oaks day, it’s the culmination of a season over and the celebration begins as I kick up me heels and catch up with fellow Milliners for the MYER Fashions on the Field Millinery Award. 

TEH - We are totally with you there, it's our favourite day for sure, so much colour, fashion and incredible hats! What do you think we'll be seeing as the main headwear trends at the races this year?

RS - Definitely Veils with an edge and with structured and dramatic  metallic elements, everyone loves the mystery of a veil.  The boater style hat is also very on trend, and I think we'll see a lot of crown-style headbands.

TEH - People are often asking us about the best ways to accessorise an outfit with a hat, so what’s your top tip for creating the perfect race wear look with millinery?

RS - Polished without too much fuss. Create the focus on either the hat or the outfit, but not both as it can sometimes look overdone. 

TEH - What would be your perfect millinery ménage a trois? I.e. If you made the hat, who would have designed the outfit, and who would be wearing it?

RS - Oh Princess Mary for sure, I love her classic style, always so elegant. The hat would be for the Oaks Day accompanied by an incredible Toni Maticevski dress.

TEH - How gorgeous, Maticevski sure is the racewear king at the moment! So finally, for a bit of fun what's your favourite song to listen to in the studio when you've got your inspiration on?  

Claire De Lune ‘Flight Facilities’ (this will be on repeat for about 4 hours). Or anything 80‘s that I can crank up and bob along to as I get the creative juices flowing.

TEH - Love it! Thanks Rebecca, we're really honoured to have your collection in our store this season, there's so many beautiful works of art within it!

You can shop Rebecca Share's latest collection of millinery here

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