Georgie from Trenery, models a design from Studio Hats.
Georgie from Trenery, models a design from Studio Hats.


In the lead up to the Adelaide Cup, The Metro Shopping Centre on Unley Road will be home to the exclusive Studio Hats pop-up store for the next four weeks.

From elegant to avant-garde, the South Australian made hats, flower-crowns, fascinators and ornate headbands wouldn’t be out of place at the Ascot races, or European catwalks.

Each hat is handmade by four local milliners with decades of experience: Lorraine Gill (who teaches millinery at TAFE SA) and her former students Heather Mackay-Clark, Di Robertson, and Christiana Moore. These women have been firm friends since their days of study and work to create hats that have been sought by international and local celebrities, former lady mayoresses, and parliamentarians who appreciate the handcrafted quality of these unique designs.

Throughout the year, each of the four ladies run their own millinery businesses, but get together twice a year to run their pop-up store in the Metro Shopping Centre before the Adelaide and Melbourne Cups.

‘We have hats made from materials imported from London, vintage silk flowers, exotic feathers and light, natural fibres. We also have a range of flower crowns and headbands for those prefer a whimsical and fun look.” Said Heather Mackay Clark, Milliner at Elegant Hats.

‘Over the next four weeks the stall will be staffed exclusively with experienced milliners with an eye for style: we’ll be able to help clients choose the most appropriate hat for their race day / special occasion outfit. We firmly believe there is a hat for everyone.”

The hats will be featured in a VIP Autumn / Winter Launch for Australian women’s fashion house, Perri Cutten, taking place at 2pm on February 27, 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend the fashion show, and see the Studio Hats designs paired with the latest fashions from Perri Cutten.


  • For enquiries re: Studio Hats: Heather Mackay Clark, Milliner at Elegant Hats, on 0412 434 640.
  • For enquiries re: Autumn / Winter Launch Perri Cutten Fashion Show: Vivien Smith, at Perri Cutten, The Metro Shopping Centre on 8272 2408

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