Milliners produce and in many cases also design headwear and hats. In the past milliners made hats for men women and children. Many years ago milliners used to own businesses that made and sold clothing as well as hats. Sometimes milliners were asked to redesign old clothing and hats for entire families so that they could have updated wardrobes. However the milliners of today typically limit their craft to the design and production of women’s hats. Private milliners usually serve well-to-do women that want custom-made headwear in the colors and designs that meet their specific requirements. However many milliners design and cut hats from standard patterns for mass production. In addition to cutting patterns to the correct shape they must sew in linings and add trim to produce hats that will be flattering and that customers will want to purchase. Milliners are often called upon to design and fit headgear for brides-to-be and mothers of brides. There is no formal educational requirement for becoming a milliner. However they must have a good sense of fashion and the ability to measure sew and select materials that have the color and texture that will result in an attractive product. Courses in sewing and fashion design are helpful and some milliners may pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. The website says that the annual salaries for milliners range from $25000 to $35000.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $30000
High Salary: $35000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Fabricates hats.
Designs new hat styles.
Molds hats into a desired shape.
Creates unique hats for individual customers.
Also Called: Hat Maker
Hat Designer
Hat Milliner
Hat Fabricator
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