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Melbourne’s Top 5 Milliners You Need To Know
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Melbourne’s Top 5 Milliners You Need To Know

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Updated: 15 December 2016
Melbourne is known as the sporting capital of Australia and is host to the world’s most elite horse racing carnival, the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It is no surprise that Melbourne is also home to some of the most internationally recognized milliners. Culture Trip has curated this list of Melbourne’s top five hat makers and milliners that you should know.
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Jill and Jack Millinery

With over 100 winning headpieces worn by clients at Fashions on the Field, Jill Humphries of Jill and Jack Millinery is one of Melbourne’s most talented and highly sought-after milliners. Regularly designing headpieces for Melbourne’s elite, Humphries says it takes her 2-6 weeks to collaborate with a client before the final piece comes together for an event. She also keeps around 30 pieces in her home studio for last minute needs. Humphries also has an impressive list of awards up her sleeve, being named the 2014 Myer Millinery Award winner and runner-up in the worldwide Queens Jubilee millinery competition.

Jill and Jack Millinery, Rowans Road, Highett, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 435 878 468

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Marea Bright Milliner/Hatmaker

Working as an exclusive milliner and hatmaker since 1964, Marea Bright has worked with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s personal milliner and has won many of her clients the prestigious title of Fashions on the Field over the course of many years. She has hats and fascinators to suit every body type and face shape and provides professional fittings for clients if needed. Bright creates new collections of millinery and hats for each season in her Melbourne CBD store, so you are guaranteed to find something that not only suits this years trends but to also help you stand out from the crowd this racing season.

Marea Bright Milliner/Hatmaker, Level 1, Centreway Arcade, 259 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 438 215 186

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Melissa Jackson

If you want to dress like a celebrity at the races, look no further than internationally renowned milliner Melissa Jackson, as her headpieces have featured on the likes of Australian celebrities Jennifer Hawkins, Rebecca Judd and Delta Goodrem. Jackson’s work is known for being modern, minimalistic and distinctly recognizable. Jackson believes a headpiece should most importantly suit one’s body shape, complexion and face structure to achieve the most flattering look, which is why you will certainly find the right look for your own individual tastes with her unique head pieces.

Melissa Jackson, 195 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, +61 394 158 836

Natalie Bikicki Millinery

Natalie Bikicki is an internationally exclusive designer, showcasing her pieces in major department stores such as Myer and luxury boutique Cose Ipanema as well as providing millinery for international customers and celebrities looking for their own distinct personal pieces. Bikicki recently collaborated with Calleija jewelers to make the world’s most expensive hat. Her inspiration draws from period pieces, the beauty and femininity of all women and romance to create the most inspiring pieces. She was also recently a top 50 finalist for Vogue/Muse 2014 Accessories Design Awards.

Contact Natalie Bikicki at or +61 421 482 311

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Phillip Rhodes

With work permanently on exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and designs regularly featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire, Phillip Rhodes’ designs are internationally renowned for being exquisite and faultless. His collections feature ready-to-wear hats, made-to-order headpieces, accessories and theatrical millinery. His work is regularly worn on the heads of both the racing elite and international celebrities. Rhodes is the head milliner for the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Victorian Opera.

Phillip Rhodes, 99 York Street, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 408 400 170