Be introduced to the wonderful art of millinery in our design studio under the guidance of our expert tutor. Learn the artisanal fine skills and foundational specialist sewing skills of a milliner as you produce a fascinator/hatinator for a special occasion, wedding, the spring carnival or for adding that special touch to an everyday outfit.
Learn about hat fitting and proportion as you design a fascinator that is simple elegance or really conceptual. The fascinator lends itself to either perfectly.

Course content

You will progress through the millinery process of design, blocking, stiffening, covering, trimming and adding embellishments to create your headwear masterpiece.

  • Design concepts, proportions
  • Wire work
  • Stiffening
  • Blocking foundation
  • Embellishments for hat and/or fascinators
  • Feather trimming and curling
  • Learn how a fascinator fits and sits on a head and practical ways of keeping it from falling off

Ideal for

This course is perfect for students who are interested in millinery and in making unique and wonderful headpieces. It is ideal for students who may already have done a fashion short course and want to do further studies and extend their practice. Basic hand sewing skills are required but students do not need to have done a formal sewing course previously and do not need to be practiced in machine sewing as this course teaches hand skills only.

Important Information

For health & safety reasons, students need to wear closed toe shoes, no thongs or sandals and long hair is to be tied back and no long necklaces or scarves worn during class

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By the end of the course students will have completed a simple fascinator; they will have also learned the skills to continue making headpieces and hats.

Materials supplied

Students will work in our design studio facilities and will have access to hat blocks. Foundational millinery blocking materials are included in the course fee.

Materials to bring

Please bring along images of fascinators you love or are inspired by.
Further material requirements will be discussed in session one with your tutor.


Participants will be emailed an RMIT Statement of Participation on course completion.

Additional notes


Printable course flyer

Available course dates

Tuesday 12 November 2019

  • Code S350360
  • Start date 12.11.19
  • End date 06.12.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus RMIT Brunswick
  • Fee $830.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Tue 12.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Fri 15.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 19.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Fri 22.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 26.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Fri 29.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 03.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Fri 06.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

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