Melbourne Fashion Week 2021 / Boldly Different: Millinery Exhibition

Melbourne Fashion Week 2021: Boldly Different…

Last year we were lucky enough to collaborate in the process of designing and painting some graffiti artwork for Rachel Henry, a talented Melbourne Milliner that was showcasing her work as part of a Millinery Exhibition ‘Boldly Different’. This exhibition was organised by Millinery Australia for Melbourne Fashion week.

Check Out this video of Rachel Henry’s work for this fantastic exhibition.. 


Here are some words from Rachel Henry describing her Millinery piece that was part of this exhibition.

‘This piece was created out of the love of our city. A city that we have missed of late; an architectural melting pot, separated by secret laneways, each containing bursts of colour from the mesmerising street art. Melbourne…the inspiration for my piece. ‘

‘The instantly recognisable Melbourne skyline. The city’s silhouette is made from multiple layers of sinamay and detailed wire work, finished with tulle, threaded lines and glass beads. The centre is made from canvas, covered in graffiti art (as a collaboration with graffiti artist Daniel van de Wiel of It Stands Out) representing the famous Melbourne laneway art. ‘

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The Millinery Association of Australia Inc: Boldly Different…

Organised by the Millinery Association of Australia; Australia’s ‘Boldly Different’ exhibition. Created especially for Melbourne Fashion Week 2021, was a showcase of couture millinery as wearable art.

Millinery encourages originality and flair. With a hat or headpiece, the wearer can adopt a new persona, transform an outfit, stand out from the crowd and express their individuality.

Exhibitors were invited to interpret the theme ‘Boldly Different’ as they wished. Anything was in scope as long as it could be displayed on a mannequin head.

Sixteen of Melbourne’s most talented milliners let their imaginations run wild. The result is a demonstration of the quality and breadth of talent in Melbourne millinery today.

A broad variety of techniques and materials can be seen in this exhibition. All are united by high quality workmanship and creative, individual design.

To see the rest of the Millinery works for this exhibition please check out The Millinery Association of Australia’s article on Boldly Different here.

Boldly Different for Melbourne Fashion Week

Photographer Richard Shaw @richardshawpho

Millinery Australia @millineryaustrala

Rachel henry Millinery @rhmillinery.