Holly Young is a milliner whose hats have even been called upon by Hollywood, and its no wonder, her creations are wonderful to behold.

Royal Ascot has always been about more than horse racing; it’s a social occasion that gives the gentry the opportunity for unashamed peacocking. But standing out from the crowd while adhering to its strict dress codes can be a sartorial challenge. Traditional wedding attire poses a similar problem.

Holly Young is a milliner who offers an answer. She specialises in bespoke commissions—last year she made 30 unique headpieces for an Ascot scene in the recent film Kingsman: The Secret Service. (The scene didn’t make the final cut, but that’s Hollywood for you.) She decided to pursue a career as a milliner while studying Costume Design at the prestigious London College of Fashion.

“One of our projects was to make a Victorian bonnet. I loved that it employed 3D sculpture and sewing. Then I spent six weeks in the English National Opera’s millinery department, and I decided that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Following her degree, Holly cut her teeth working for some esteemed industry names: Justin Smith, Jane Taylor and Philip Treacy. In 2010, she decided to strike out on her own, but working in such a niche field is not without its obstacles.

“People often think I’m telling them that I’m a millionaire! Hats and accessories are such specific products, so marketing is quite hard. Word of mouth is the best strategy, but that takes time.”

Customers are welcome to book an appointment with Holly at her studio in Truro, Cornwall. She also holds workshops if you fancy trying your hand at a new skill.

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