Hats off to millinery suc­cess for Chris­tine

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A WOMAN is mix­ing with the millinery elite af­ter a whirl­wind three year jour­ney.

Chris­tine Damerum was in­tro­duced to the craft of mak­ing hats by a fel­low mem­ber of Adling­ton Women’s In­sti­tute (WI).

She was in­spired to take a in­tro­duc­tory course which ig­nited her pas­sion for hats.

Chris­tine took an­other course in felt hat mak­ing thanks to a bur­sary from the Cheshire Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes.

Firmly hooked on hats, Chris­tine signed up for a course with Rose Cory, the milliner to the late Queen Mother and known world­wide as ‘the milliners milliner’.

Chris­tine has trained at the Lon­don Millinery School un­der Rose for the last three years, work­ing along­side prom­i­nent milliners and fash­ion de­sign­ers who work with Vivi­enne West­wood and on pe­riod cos­tume dra­mas such as Down­ton Abbey and Mr Sel­fridge.

Grow­ing in con­fi­dence Chris­tine en­tered a num­ber of high pro­file com­pe­ti­tions. She reached the fi­nals of Ir­ish Milliners de­sign com­pe­ti­tion The Hat­walk in 2014 and 2015, win­ning third place at the an­nual event in March.

Chris­tine has en­tered two more pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions and is wait­ing to see if she has been suc­cess­ful – the Wor­ship­ful Felt­mak­ers De­sign Awards 2016 and the In­ter­na­tional Hats Art Com­pe­ti­tion 2016 at the Ate­lier du Cha­peau in Lyon, where her hat en­try will be ex­hib­ited for six months. If she is placed in the top four, her hat will re­main on dis­play in the mu­seum.

Chris­tine is now a suc­cess­ful milliner in her own right, tak­ing com­mis­sions for hats for a wide range of events in­clud­ing be­spoke cre­ations for As­cot, weddings, chris­ten­ings, Buck­ing­ham Palace and St James Palace events.

Chris­tine, who lives in Glos­sop, was able to wear one of her de­signs at the WI Cen­te­nary Gar­den Party at Buck­ing­ham Palace in 2015.

Hav­ing been en­cour­aged and sup­ported by other suc­cess­ful milliners Chris­tine is also shar­ing her skills through work­shops, talks and demon­stra­tions, and re­cently passed on her skills to WI mem­bers.

Jackie Shaw, sec­re­tary of Adling­ton WI, said: “All the mem­bers have watched with in­ter­est as Chris­tine has gone from strength to strength on her millinery jour­ney and we are proud to have been part of it.”

●● Adling­ton WI mem­ber Chris­tine Damerum who has be­come a suc­cess­ful milliner

●● The St George’s singers

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