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Gok Wan comes to Newcastle!

On September 30th Gok Wan brought his latest show to Newcastle, One Size Fits All, concentrating on building female self confidence and worth. I was delighted that Gok chose to include my latest millinery collection and have now created a page on my website called...

Hats Off! Featured in Living North

On our return from holiday a lovely surprise awaited me - the publication of an in-depth interview and overview of my millinery work, entitled Hats Off! in the magazine Living North.For those of you who are not based in the North East I'll give you a little background...

My favourite Royal Wedding outfits!

We are just back from a wonderful holiday In Canada, and finally summer seems to have got here after a fashion "slightly erratic" might be a good description of the weather we are experiencing currently here in Northumberland. Anyway whilst we were away the world...

2018 Spring workshop dates announced

I am delighted to announce that I will be running the following Spring '18 workshops, firstly at The Bowes Museum, Co DurhamAnd a series of evening classes at my studio in NorthumberlandPlease use the Contact Us page to get in touch for more details! See you in the...

Now at The Design Room, Fenwick of York

Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery is now available at The Design Room, Fenwick of York.I'm really looking forward to Tuesday November 7th when I will be in The Design Room, First Floor, 11.30 - 5.30, talking to customers, and giving tips & advice on the latest...

All ready for the “Off” at Fenwicks of York

After an exciting Autumn ’16, when a number of my millinery headpieces were selected for international millinery exhibitions, I was delighted when Fenwick of York asked me to put together a couture collection of model millinery for their cutting edge womenswear Design...

Launching new lines at Belford Arts Festival

Just back from a great couple of days at Belford Arts Festival, where despite the unrelenting rain, mist & unseasonably damp & chilly weather, it was lovely to met lots of new potential clients, local residents, visitors & the other creatives showing in the marquee at...

Nicole – Thinking Pink for Kickin’ Cancer

I am delighted to have made a beautiful new piece "Nicole" - a fund raiser for the Kickin' Cancer campaign.Nicole - seen here displayed in a black bud vase Thinking Pink I have called the piece "Nicole" after a very special lady, and have dedicated it to all those...

An English Country Garden is Homewards Bound!

After the return of "An English Country Garden" from its successful trip to MIMC in February in Melbourne, the culmination of the Nebraskan collective millinery project was that I sent the headpiece to Springfield, Nebraska, in late March. This is where the organiser...

We went Loopy at Gallery Forty5

On Saturday May 27th a small group of enthusiastic beginners gathered in The Long Room, Gallery Forty5, Felton, Northumberland for a summer workshop to learn how to make simple fascinators and block sinamay buttons (Image & piece by Helen Collinson)We cut, snipped,...

Great commissions

Thought I would post this lovely mother and daughter image of a commission from last summer. The mother and bride pride and joy shines out of the image, they both look so relaxed and happy.Ann's black sinamay wired edge saucer is a stunningly simple shape allowing...

Whirlwind trip to London Hat Week

Brilliant trip to London for launch parties of The MillinerXArtisan exhibition & The Cupola international hat exhibitions to mark London Hat Week. A full week in London from Oct 6 - 13th saw me attend the launch parties and see my pieces Weft, Heald Wires, and le...

Topping off your topper!!

Following on from a successful workshop at The Laing Gallery to make miniature top hats from scratch, I led a great follow on workshop on trimming techniques. All the students were first time enthusiastic milliners who worked really hard and produced brilliant hats!...

Wedding hats!

Delighted to be commissioned by two lovely clients, mother of the bride Ann Owen Smith, and guest Gina Davidson to make head pieces for them for the wedding of Ann's daughter Clare to Paul Hayes on Saturday July 31st at St Paul's Church, Alnwick. The sun shone, the...

Masterclass with Eugenie van Oirschot

Sharing and pooling knowledge with other milliners is key to one's creative development as a milliner. Learning from milliners who are at the "top of their game" and are willing to impart to those less experienced some of their techniques and expertise, is terribly...

Thank you from Mad about Hats!

On behalf of HospiceCare Northumberland "The Mad about Hats" team would like to thank everyone who joined us Afternoon Tea at Paxton House on November 4th, for an excellent afternoon's fund raising event. The afternoon raised over £1000 in aid of HospiceCare. If you...

New images of latest work – AW 15 collection

Just back from spending an exciting week with Alex Gaites at Leeds College of Art learning how to improve the quality of my photography. Of course I also had lots of fun with photoshop. So here's a few of the images I now have, there's lots more of course - without...

Up-cycling comes to Northumberland!

I was delighted when I was contacted by Erica who needed a headpiece to co-ordinate with her lovely Whistles shift dress featuring passion flowers on inky black silk. Erica asked me to up-cycle a department store fascinator she already had, to reflect her new outfit....

New images for One Hundred Years Collection

Just received some new images from the Hat Museum, Stockport,of The One Hundred Year Collection and thought I would share them with you! Seen below is The Songman's Fedora.The One Hundred Year Collection is the second couture millinery collection I have made for...

One Hundred Years – design inspirations

Sweetheart Pincushions Tradition relates that Queen Victoria felt homesick infantry posted abroad should be kept busy. So starting in India in the early C20th, trunks filled lace, beads etc. were shipped out to them. They added regimental identification. The practice...

Belle Bridal AW 2014

AW 2014 Belle Bridal. I am delighted to have my latest ranges featured in the latest edition of the Belle Bridal, the prestigious luxury bridal magazine, for the NE & YorkshireDesigner showcase: Margaret Woodliff Wright The couture pieces shown are a vintage style...

Making Headway film released!

A momentous weekend at Stockport - captured in an entrancing short film.The Making Headway catwalk show took place May 17th, in the majestic St Mary's Church - a pivotable building in the centre of historic Stockport. Against a backdrop of 10,000 paper hats - a visual...

Gorgeous new images by Matt McGurk

Following on from the event at Rothbury Golf Club, Matt has just sent me these lovely new images of my latest workThe table settings are by The Event Dressers I was delighted to see that my sinamay and silk large hat complete with translucent brim and inserted sinamay...

Inspired by Ronot-Tutin

This is my latest piece also for a competition, this time for the Victoria & Albert - in conjunction with Morley College.A condition of entry is that the piece submitted needs to be inspired by an object in one of the V & A collections. Looking through the resource I...

When Alice (by Temperley) met Maggie!

I feel very privileged to have my pieces featured in the gorgeous Alice (by Temperley) windows at Fenwick of Newcastle.The styling of the windows and the contemporary elegant of the clothing sets off the two headpieces pieces they chose - the couture James Brindley...

Graduation!

It was a very exciting day - along with the LCA 2013 alumni our Millinery group graduated from Leeds College of Art the culmination of two years of studying couture millinery. Great to see everyone and to celebrate our hard work.