Anna Dominoes Millinery features modern, wearable pieces inspired by traditional millinery techniques and 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.
The brand was created by Tess Piggott in 2009, whose training was at London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins, and Kensington and Chelsea College. 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 works with latex, neoprene and polyurethene for a more modern take on a traditional craft.
All items are hand-made, and are priced fairly according to the cost of materials and the manufacture time. Prices include a hat box for storage where noted in the listing. Regrettably due to sizing constraints some items cannot be provided with a box.
I'm happy to undertake personal commissions - please feel free to contact me with your requirements or ideas. For example a different colour version of an exisitng piece, or something to match a wedding outfit or costume.
Sizing and fixtures
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 othewise 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. Hats can be supplied 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.’