Fashion Front Row Catwalk @ NE1's Fashion Futures 2015

I was so happy to be involved in the organisation of yet another successful Fashion Front Row catwalk show. This year the catwalk show showed off nineteen North East designer’s collections and The Libertarian was lucky enough to show alongside the likes of Dayne Henderson, Tallulah Love Lingerie and Scott Henshall.

The catwalk, now in its fifth year, has evolved into one of the North Easts main fashion showcases for local designers and is a pleasure to be involved with. It is now part of NE1's Fashion Futures and took place at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. 

Here are some of The Libertarian’s hats on the catwalk. All pieces are now available to hire.   


Chess Board Hat. Model: Louise Herron, Photography: Christopher RD

Chess Board Hat. Model: Louise Herron, Photography: Peter Alan Reed

Hand Painted Portrait Hat. Model: Cindy Nicoll, Photographer: Christopher RD

Hand Painted Portrait Hat. Model: Cindy Nicoll, Photography: Peter Alan Reed

Burger Hat. Model: Stephanie Grieve, Photography: Peter Alan Reed

Peacock and Pheasant Saucer Hat. Model: Katy O’Brien, Photography: Peter Alan Reed

Dart Board Hat. Model: Sophie Gilmour, Photography: Peter Alan Reed


The Team! Backstage before the show. Photography: Idene Roozbayani 


Catwalk Credits:

Make up by BareMinerals
Hair by Zanders Hair Design


One Hundred Years Of Hats


I had the exciting opportunity yesterday to see some rare hats from a costume historian’s private collection. Meridith Towne is a costume historian and dressmaker, and gave a wonderful insight into the history of the hat at her talk: “One Hundred Years of Hats” (1860-1960) at Middlesbrough Library last night.



The Newark based historian has such enthusiasm about the subject, I was given the impression that the talk only slightly touched on her comprehensive knowledge.


Above: Edwardian Hat pins; a handy weapon for ladies at the time


I was amazed to see some pieces have only seen in books and museums such as this wired hood that would protect straw bonnets.


Above: Victorian bonnet protector


Above: Victorian Bonnet Cap


Meridith kindly allowed everyone to take photographs and even try on some of the hats at the end of her talk, so I’d certainly recommend attending one of her future talks.   


Above: Late Victorian velvet hat


Above: Late Victorian Straw Flower Pot Hat


Above: Late Victorian Bonnet


Above: Millinery trimmings


Above: Sequinned Lily trimmings


Above: Edwardian First World War Ladies Hat


Above: Feather flower trimming



My favourite piece from the evening was this 1930's wide brimmed straw hat trimmed with hand-made flowers- delicious! 

Above: 1930's Straw Hat 


Lastly I couldn't not mention the adorable little hats that cupcake baker "Tilly's Creative Cupcakes" made for the evening. Which meant everyone happily ate their own hats.



The Tootsie Rollers "persona" Hats by The Libertarian

The fab retro singing group The Tootsie Rollers recently commissioned The Libertarian to design and make a set of hats with their performance “personas” written on them for Royal Ascot 2014.

Their look always has a strong vintage/ retro feel to it, so I was delighted that I could use my vintage beret block to coordinate with their Pretty Dress Company dresses.



Each beret was hand blocked with a vibrant red sinamay.


I hand cut and painted all the lettering in 1950’s style fonts so each Tootsie could wear their own persona.


Above: The six persona hats waiting to be packed and posted 

The Tootsie Rollers perform at Royal Ascot every year and they wore their new persona hats to the Saturday meeting.

Not surprisingly, the girls caused a bit of a stir and made it into the national newspapers.


Above: The Tootsie Rollers in print, Sunday Epress 22nd June 2014.


I was lucky enough to hear the girls sing at Royal Ascot this year and certainly recommend them to anyone looking for some dazzling entertainers! Check out their website to hear (and see) for yourself! Click here>>> 



TICE students create corsets for Libertarian Hats

Talented students from this years TICE scheme have created a set of beautiful corsets based on four of the Libertarian Hats.

They used the magpie, teapot, pile of cakes and Eiffel tower hats as starting points to design and make these coordinating outfits.


TICE (This is Creative Enterprise) is a “non-profit organisation dedicated to support young students in exploring the creative sector in regards to career prospects and/or the choices in vocational and academic pathways.”


Textile, craft and design artist, Charlotte Liddle, lead the group of young students and I am really impressed with the results.

It has been a great project to be involved with and I wish all the budding designers luck with their future.


Well done everyone!


Fashion Front Row Catwalk Show 2014

Above: Bethan Sproat modelling The Libertarian's new Pheasant Feather and Tweed Headdress with amber trimmings. Soon to be added to the hire collection.


Last night was NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Weeks annual Fashion Front Row Catwalk show. It’s an event that I co-organise to promote local North East Fashion designers and this year we showcased seventeen different brands.   

WOW it was wonderful to hear people gasping (in a good way) as my first model walked onto the catwalk waering The Libertarian's new Black Floral Sunburst Headdress:


Above: Belle modeling the new Black Floral Suburst Headdress. Soon to be added to the hire collection 


Above: Violetta Jesinka modeling the veiled cream beret. This beret was bloced on a vintage 1930s hat block and would be ideal as a bridal or wedding guest hat.


Above: Inda Bastaman modeling the Nude and Black Lace Fascinator 


Above: Alexandra Constanitin modeling the new 1940s style percher soon to be added to the hire collection.


Above: Mellissa Loraine modeling the Sophia Hat in Ivory and pink, soon to be added to the hire collection. 


Above: Myself and (almost) all of the NE1 Newcastle Fashion Week Team 





Above: Bethan Sproat wearing The Libertarian's new Pheasant Feather and Tweed Headdress with amber trimmings. Soon to be added to the hire collection



I’ll be posting up full details of the other designers involved with more images in a later post becuase it was so much fun and so good to have so much talent in one place!



York Wedding Fair 23rd March 2014

On Sunday 23rd March I'm going to be at the Britain Does Vintage York Wedding fair with a selection of bridal, bridesmaid and wedding guest headwear.

I'm also taking along some hats in different stages of the hat making process so you'll be able to see how a hat is made and find out what types of hats will suit you.


If you are a lover of Vintage and planning your big day, this event is a must!!




Christmas 2013


It's that most wonderful time of the year again and here are The Libertarian's Christamas postage, Christmas closing, and gift voucher details just in case you missed them! 


Christmas posting dates 2013

UK Standard:

To ensure your order arrives in time for Christmas please place your order before 3pm Thursday 19thDecember. Next day delivery postage can be used after this date but you will need to email Jayne to arrange this prior to placing your order.

Local Collection:

The Libertarian’s millinery studio is based in the centre of Middlesbrough. If you would like to collect your order in person please email Jayne to discuss details.

International delivery:

The cut off date for International Christmas delivery has now passed, however you may still place your order for expected delivery after Christmas.  


Christmas closing dates

The Libertarian will be closed for Christmas between 23rd December 2013- 7th January 2014. You will be able to place order during this time but they will not be processed until after this date. If you have an urgent enquiry during this time please email Jayne or call 07811193385.   


Gift Vouchers

The Libertarian can create a personalised gift voucher for any amount. You can include a personal message on the voucher and it can be emailed to the address of your choice. please email Jayne to discuss the options.  


Above: Photograph by Miss Rain, Model Constance Peach

Have a wonderful time!


Open Studio 19th October 2013



On 19th October 2013 I’m opening my studio doors to the public from 1pm-6pm as part of Navigator North’s Open Studios event.


Everyone is welcome to come and see my new studio, have a cup of tea with me and try on a hat or two.


You will also have the chance to look around other spaces in the Navigator North (Dundas House, Middlesbrough) building and see how artists are working in them.


You can make your own print in the print room and even take a roof top tour which has excellent views of Middlesbrough.


Some biscuits will also be making an appearance!  

Follow the links for more information



And the Winner is...

This summer a good friend of mine celebrated his Birthday with a huge ball in aid of the Samaritans charity. I made this large brimmed black hat especially to donate as a raffle prize.

I was a little nervous that a 'non hat lover' would win it and it would stay in its box forever, but luckily it went to an ecstatic new owner; Karen!

Above: Karen trying on her new hat at the ball

Karen told me that she doesn't usually wear hats but as soon as she saw it on the prize table she knew that it was the prize she wanted to win. She was extremely happy when her lucky ticket was chosen. She now plans to take a trip to the races to wear her new hat.



I hope you enjoy wearing your new hat Karen!




WI Fascinator Workshop

I recently had the pleasure of leading a fascinator workshop at the Marton Middlesbrough WI monthly meeting.

I met a lovely group of ladies and it was so interesting to see their finished creations.

Knowing there was going to be a mixture of ability levels I designed a workshop that would suit all levels. Everyone had the choice of making either a simple set design or they could design their own fascinator using a selection of material techniques.

Within two hours the group had created a variety of designs and I it was great to see so many members designing their own fascinator.

I have added some quick snap shots of some of the creations below.  





Workshops are ideal for birthday celebrations, hen do’s and for those that like to craft and make. If you would like to host your own Fascinator workshop please just get in contact for more information, I can design a specific style of workshop to match a theme if required.