Master milliner Neil Grigg, above, fits out a hat lover at the Grafton Regional Gallery?s parade on Friday night.
Master milliner Neil Grigg, above, fits out a hat lover at the Grafton Regional Gallery?s parade on Friday night.

Jet-setting milliner stops by

By LESLEY APPS

KERRI-Anne Kennerley's was there. So was Getaway's Catronia Rowntree's, and model-comeauthor Tara Moss's, but the highlight had to be Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's.

And what common thread brings these famous women together? Their hats. Each of these glamourous ladies has adorned their heads with designs by Sydney-based milliner to the stars, Neil Grigg.

His creations are no strangers to the prestigious racing circuits of Sydney and Melbourne, with many socialites and celebrities turning to the flamboyant hat-maker for the quintessential racing accessory.

Last Friday night Clarence Valley ladies had their chance to see these 'celebrity' hats plus some of Neil's new line at the Grafton Regional Gallery's hat extravaganza.

After being held up by a late flight, the welltravelled milliner arrived at the Gallery to greet a room full of eager ladies and a handful of fellows.

Neil swung straight into compere mode despite his ruffled arrival.

Local models paraded the stylish headgear, which ranged from full wool felt hats through to feathery fascinators.

Neil said fascinators were certainly the trend in head wear at the moment, the large selection for sale on the evening confirming the hair decoration's popularity.

Post parade, ladies congregated upstairs in the studio loft to view the hats first hand. A good hour of dress-ups ensued.

For those keen to share the secrets of the lauded Double Bay milliner, a Saturday workshop was conducted by Neil at the Gallery for several adventurous ladies.

Feathers in every colour were flying around the room and onto haircombs and hats as they were transformed, under the watchful eye and humorous instruction of Neil. By early afternoon the ladies were armed and happy with their self-built fascinators and once-basic hats that were now virtual works of art.

With his workshop completed, the jet-setting milliner packed his bags of feathers and caught a plane back to his home town of Sydney to oversee renovations on his new workspace located in trendy Paddington.

nThe exhibition Neil Grigg Master Milliner is showing in the studio loft at the Grafton

Regional Gallery.



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