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GippsTAFE’s Fashion Department is offering its millinery courses again this year

By Eimear McNelis - 4th March 2003 - Back to News

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GippsTAFE’s Fashion Department is offering its millinery courses again this year, after the outstanding success of its millinery staff and students in 2002.

GippsTAFE student, Caroline Schoo, runs her own millinery business here in Gippsland after commencing the millinery course.

"I had done both music and art courses at GippsTAFE and was a full-time music teacher. I had always sewn costumes for various productions and decided that I wanted to formalise my fashion and millinery skills," said Ms Schoo.

After Ms Schoo commenced the course she decided to give up music and became a milliner full time, starting off by working from home and then shared a space at a material shop for 12 months.

She now shares with a hair supplies shop in Seymour Street, Traralgon, creating bridal wear, race wear, hats for members of various clubs and associations and is a member and also editor of a newsletter for the Millinery Association of Australia.

She has also had other students that are in the course doing work experience with her.

"Even though the course is part-time and other students come from as far as Melbourne, we still support each other all year round and I have made some really good friends," said Ms Schoo.

Ms Schoo also said that in the class she has made an average of four hats a year from simple to complex, has learnt how to deal with customers on a personal level, made hats for fashion students to go with garments and also created hats for past GippsTAFE CEO Paddy Nicholls for her trips to China.

"The course enables you to develop a signature for yourself, so that your work is easily identifiable, and the Millinery teacher is very helpful with this."

Louise Macdonald, former head milliner of a leading London period costume house, teaches Certificate I-IV in Millinery/Headwear at GippsTAFE.

She has worked internationally with designers on productions including the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, House of Elliot, and French and Saunders as well as Warner Bro’s "The Secret Garden", "Black Beauty’ and Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast".

"It’s never too late to take up a different career. The course has a great atmosphere and staff are always there to help."


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