Anna Dominoes Millinery was created in 2012 by Tess Piggott, and features modern, wearable pieces combining traditional millinery techniques with styles evocative of the 1920s to present day. This site is a portfolio of my work, and many of my pieces are available to buy from Etsy immediately.
I love to work with the felt, sinamay, buckram and trimmings which milliners have used for decades, along with luxurious silks, velvet and feathers, but also use latex, neoprene and polyurethene for a more modern take on a traditional craft.
I am always happy to undertake personal commissions - please feel free to contact me with your requirements or ideas. For example a different colour version of an exisiting piece, or something to match a wedding outfit or costume.
Pricing and Sizing
All items are hand-made, and are priced fairly according to the cost of materials and the manufacture time.
Many of my hats are one-size only, for example the headbands, cocktail hats and mini berets, and will fit most customers. Hair bands are wrapped in black satin as standard, unless otherwise illustrated, but can be made to co-ordinate with hair colour or a totally different colour. Small hats have an elastic supplied in black as standard, but can be brown, beige, grey or something different on request. Some hats can be fitted with a hair band, or comb (silver metal or clear plastic) instead of elastic if you prefer. Please email me before ordering for any special requests or changes.
And the Anna Dominoes name?
A quirky malapropism from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. ‘Mr. Cruncher himself always spoke of the year of our Lord as Anna Dominoes: apparently under the impression that the Christian era dated from the invention of a popular game, by a lady who had bestowed her name upon it.’