In 2019 MIMC was a two part event, a Convention and a Competition.

Melbourne International Millinery Competition

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The outfits from our designers.

The Competition

The 2019 competition will see milliners being challenged to make a headpiece to go with an allocated outfit. Four Melbourne designers are providing outfits from their Spring 2018 Fashion Week collections. Entrants will be sent a photo of one outfit as well as fabric swatches for colour matching. Think catwalk, think extravagant, think exotic...

MIMC 2019 was a spectacular success, with an extremely high level of entries. Our Grand Finale catwalk event at Emulation Hall, on 16 February, was wonderful, with beautiful models showcasing all the stunning hats and designer outfits.

View the hats on the gallery here, or the MIMC facebook group (go to the Essential Hat facebook page and ask for an invite).

Congratulations to the winners; images of their hats are below.

Results

1st Prize

Chris Mullane - Metallic Flock

2nd Prize

Katherine Cherry - Zubie's Crown

3rd Prize

Laura Dunnington - Stronger Than You Think

People's Choice

Michelle Robinson

Facebook Choice

Trish Triggs - Galaxy, Stars and Beyond

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers, to all of the guests, visitors, sponsors, and everyone who had a hand in making the 2019 Melbourne International Millinery Competition the fantastic event that it was, and we look forward to seeing you all for MIMC 2020!

MIMC 2019 Competition Winners

Melbourne International Millinery Convention

The Convention

The Essential Hat will also be presenting the inaugural Melbourne International Millinery Convention!

The Convention will run from 10 to 15 February in the week leading up to the Grand Finale of the Competition. Eugenie van Oirshot from The Netherlands will be joining some of the best Melbourne and Sydney millinery tutors like Neil Grigg, Louise Macdonald, Rose Hudson and Felicity Northeast.

It will be beautifully warm in Melbourne in February - a great place to escape to if you live in the northern hemisphere. Come for the tennis and the cricket, Chinese New Year, White Night or Midsumma Festival, stay for the Millinery Convention!