about milliner hat maker holly youngAbout Holly Young

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Meet Holly, The Girl in the Yellow Dress

Fashion found me at an early age.  When I was eight years old the mother of a friend taught me how to sew and my first foray into the world of fashion was to cast off the school pinafore dress and custom craft my own buttercup yellow creation.  I was lucky enough to have a very open minded teacher who turned a blind eye to uniform rules and allowed me to wear it.  That was the start of a lifelong love affair with fashion.

I went on to study Costume Design at the London College of Fashion.  Then in the second year I discovered millinery and to be honest, it was love at first make.  My head had been well and truly been turned and I found myself working in the English National Opera millinery department, doing my internship making headdresses for Madame Butterfly. At that moment I knew that I wanted to be a milliner for the rest of my life.

It was years before I began working for me, during which time I learnt my craft alongside some of the best in the business including Justin Smith, Philip Treacy and Jane Taylor.  I ended up starting out like so many others, from my bedroom. These days I work from a beautiful space, nestled in the pretty idyllic village of Veryan where all of the houses are postcard-perfect.  It’s just a petite studio, close to the sea where I can feel inspired and create beautiful things with Mavis (my Milliner’s trusty companion) by my feet.

My work is fun and colourful, embodying an effortless elegance that is simple yet stylish.  I borrow something from every era in time from the twenties decadence and thirties glamour to the fun of the fifties and sixties chic.  My designs encompass each era and combined with my distinctive style, make each piece truly timeless.

When you strip back the glitz, the glamour, the sequins (and hours of stitching) behind what I do, you’ll find I’m still that girl in the yellow dress, the
girl that never lost her sense of fun and stayed true to her first love, fashion.