Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nomad Hatter

Mary Jane Baxter wants one of her hats on Keira Knightley. And Dita von Teese. "I think she's got great style," says the former BBC journalist turned milliner. "I'm really into the 1930s and 1940s look."

After dabbling in hat making for years, she started Mary Jane Millinery in 2006 and impressed Harvey Nicks so much that the store bought her first two collections. (The store's millinery has since closed.)

Now, Mary Jane has a travelling millinery that lets customers make their own hats for £55, including supplies. "People really seem to like it when I make flowers out of tights and wire," she says. "I've done a number of very glamorous hen parties."

The push to go vintage is leading Brits toward her styles, Mary Jane says, and she hopes to soon stage a cross-country tour for the mobile millinery. "I'd like to gather together stories about people's experiences with hats," she says. "I've also thought of doing a book one day. I'd love to do that."

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