MILLINER PROFILE: CESSIAH ALICE MILLINERY
Describe your style in 3 words or less?
Elegant, unique, glamorous
What are your achievements as a business?
In 2012 I completed my Certificate II in Millinery at TAFE (taught by Rebecca Share) and started making and selling headpieces in my Mum’s store Ruby & Leo in Geelong. In 2015 I moved to Hobart and officially launched my business Cessiah Alice Millinery and began selling my creations online. Now I am making and sending headpieces all over Australia and internationally all year round. I have stocked multiple stores in both Tasmania and Victoria. I have also had fashion parades and stalls at many events in Hobart. My millinery was worn by Tegan Martin, Miss Australia, and Nia Sanchez, Miss USA, at Hobart Cup in 2016.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Everywhere! Pinterest and instagram are great sources of inspiration – I am constantly inspired by fashion designers and what’s on the catwalk. I’m also inspired by nature – I often look to flowers and plants for inspiration. And sometimes my materials inspire me – often I will find vintage straw or a beautiful piece of leather and a design will stem from that.
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What do you love about millinery?
I love that millinery is wearable art. Having a few materials and turning them into a 3-dimensional sculpture is a bit of a thrill! Also the gratification that comes with seeing a piece worn with the perfect outfit – I love seeing photos of the completed look and hearing that the customer felt beautiful wearing it. Knowing that people love my designs enough to wear them is such a huge compliment – it makes the time and effort that goes in to creating each piece so worth it! It’s very rewarding. As well as all of that, I just love creating headpieces!
What’s an unknown fact about yourself?
As well as being a milliner, I work at a beautiful Tasmanian based women’s boutique Yeltuor – another source of inspiration for me.
What can your customers expect if they purchase from you?
A well made and original headpiece that has had a lot of love put into it. (Oh and if it’s a hat it will have a cheeky colourful lining too!)
Briefly describe your ordering process and prices
Ready-made pieces range from $75 – $350 and can either be purchased via the website www.cessiahalicemillinery.com (PayPal or Stripe payments) or by contacting me to organise a bank transfer. I can also make to order – a deposit must be paid before the order is started and payment can be finalised when the piece is complete. This can either be by bank transfer or PayPal. I also have a little studio at home in Hobart where clients can visit and find their perfect piece or have something designed to match their outfit.
What are your future business plans?
I hope to keep creating and coming up with new and original designs. I would really love to see more of my pieces in FOTF, so coming up with really unique statement pieces is a goal of mine.