Friday, April 8, 2011

****Millinery Masterclass with Dillion Wallwork- Chateau Dumas 16-23 July 2011****

Total Beginner Level with Dillon Wallwork
16-23 JULY 2011

Those who enrol on our beginner’s millinery masterclass also get the opportunity to visit the local international hat festival, Estivales du Chapeau, which ends on the evening of Monday 18 July. With its numerous stalls, catwalk shows, exhibitions and hat design competition, the festival is an inspiration to anyone interesting in hat-making. The festival is the perfect place to pick up ideas for hat designs and the visits we plan to make on the first two days will really help you to prepare.

As a beginner you will be guided and supported at every stage of the hat-making process by Dillon Wallwork . In his role a Design Director for Philip Somerville, Dillon oversaw the production of millinery for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales as well as other high profile clientele including Joan Collins, Jerry Hall and the Begum Aga Kahn.

"A fabulous week with so much fun! The food, accommodation, activities, picnics and candlelit dinners were all wonderful - not to mention the millinery course!" Suzanne from NSW, Australia.

All the skills and technique required to make hats in felt, sinamay and straw are covered during the five days of full-time tuition. Through daily demonstrations and discussions you will learn about every stage and become both competent and confident with the basic techniques of blocking, brim wiring and trimming.

 Dillon is a patient and thorough teachers whose warm and pleasant manner generates an enjoyable and productive workroom atmosphere. You’ll leave this course with a basic grounding and all-round knowledge of couture millinery and a familiarity with the millinery terms, materials and stitches. You can expect to complete at least two hats during the week in a choice of sinamay, straw or felt.

The Essentials

The price of 1400Euros (non-participating partners: 950 Euros) includes:

•7 nights Chateau accommodation and all meals
•5 days of tuition for 7 hours a day
•Transport to the Festival and hat factories
•Craft kit with scissors, needles, etc
•Use of equipment and all foundation materials
•Felt and straw cones and capelines, sinamay by the metre, petersham and other materials are available to buy at the Chateau

The workshop will run with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants

A 25% non-returnable deposit wil secure your place with the balance due 8 weeks before the start of the workshop.

We take Visa & Mastercard
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Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport. Many trains a day also run to Montauban and Toulouse from Paris. We offer pick up service at Toulouse airport or Montauban Station for 30E pp each way. Alternatively there are trains to the local station (Caussade) where we can pick you up for free.

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