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Alison Mary Millinery offers a full bespoke service - from a design meeting and fittings through to creating your dream headpiece with updates during the process so you can be sure everything is made perfectly for you. Ideas can be discussed via zoom, email, phone or I can meet you in person at my studio in North Leeds. Fittings can also be arranged which I find helpful for customers but equally they are not always necessary. 

Fittings are a personal choice that will be left for you, the customer to decide.

 

BESPOKE DESIGNS

To learn more about my design and creative process please click the link below:

Below are images of some of my wonderful customers wearing their bespoke headpieces.

Colour drawing of a headpiece design
View of a bride and groom
Black and white view of a bride

NATALIE

PEARL BEADED TEARDROP HEADPIECE WITH VINTAGE BROOCH

'It was great working with Alison to design exactly what I wanted for my wedding. The whole process was brilliant, from the initial drawings, choosing the perfect fabric and beading to getting photos sent to keep me updated on how it was going - it made the whole thing feel so special. The finished piece was perfect, I felt amazing in it on the day and had so many nice comments x x

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF - www.mr-and-mrs-wedding-photography.co.uk

Close up view of a bride and groom
Close up view of a bridal headpiece

AILSA

BESPOKE SILK FLOWER WITH ROSE GOLD WIRED BEAD CENTREPIECE

 

'From the minute I wanted a bridal fascinator and had seen the design from Alison I knew I had made the right decision!!! Outstanding personal service.

Thank you so much x x

Colour drawing of a headpiece design
Close up view of bride and groom

KYLIE

LEATHER LEAF CROWN WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BEADS AND PEARLS

 

'I cannot thank you enough Alison, literally everyone commented on the headpiece! Everyone wanted to touch it. So comfortable to wear too. You really understood what I wanted. Big, big BIG thank you x x x'

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF www.chrisbarberphotography.co.uk

View of a mother of the bride outfit
Colour drawing of a hat

MAGGIE

MATT SATIN BUTTON FASCINATOR WITH OSTRICH QUILL AND BOW ON A HEADBAND

'Thank you so much for the beautiful hat you made for my daughter's wedding (Kylie) It was absolutely perfect and comfortable to wear. At the fitting I instantly loved it! Your advice on the material and feather complimented my dress perfectly. It was a pleasure working with you Alison, you are a star. P.s Kylie's headdress looked stunning.'

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF www.chrisbarberphotography.co.uk

Close up view of a bride wearing a headpiece

EMILIE

LACE APPLIQUE HEADPIECE WITH HAND BEADING

 

'In a panic about what to wear in my hair, my dressmaker told me about a very talented friend and milliner that she knew. A few days later I was sat with Alison and immediately put at ease. I went with a few pictures and a vague idea and left with confidence that Alison was going to make me feel like the bride I wanted to be - and that she did! Throughout the process Alison made sure she had things absolutely as we wanted them to be and the end result was fantastic and generated much admiration on the day! Best of all, my husband said I looked like a film star so that says it all! Thanks a million Alison!'

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF www.andreaellisonphotography.com

Close up colour drawing of a headpiece design
Close up view of bride headpiece

LAURA

FAMILY HEIRLOOM TARTAN FABRIC LOOPS WITH PEACOCK FEATHERS AND BROOCH

 

'My piece was more than perfect, everything I wanted and more! I remember receiving it in the post and absolutely cried my eyes out. I wanted my Granny to be a part of my day and Alison made this happen for me, she is absolutely wonderful at what she does. I'm so glad I found her. Alison you are a true diamond, I loved every minute of you making my headpiece and it was everything I wanted and more. My granny was with me every step of my big day and that is thanks to you for creating such a special piece that I will cherish for the rest of my life x x x x x'

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF www.davidmuirphotography.co.uk

View of a bride and groom

LEANNE

MATT SATIN BOW AND DETACHABLE BIRDCAGE VEIL ON HEADBAND

 

'Alison is not only a hat genius but a life saver too. She stepped in at the last minute when I was let down and designed and made the perfect headpiece for my wedding. I can't thank her or recommend her enough. A friendly, speedy, wonderful service. Thank you Alison. If you are looking for a personal. professional service, you won't get better than Alison x x x'

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF www.shuttergoclick.com

 

View of a bride and groom

JENNIE

PEACOCK FEATHER AND BROOCH BIRDCAGE VEIL

'Working with Alison on my bespoke wedding headpiece was such a great experience - she understood exactly what I wanted and was so accommodating with all my queries and changes, as well as my budget which wasn't huge. I absolutely love the end result and can't wait to wear it in July for my wedding! Alison is completely lovely and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to other brides. Thank you!'

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF www.tuxandtalesphoto.co.uk

Close up view of a bride
Close up view of a beaded haircomb

SOPHIE

WIRED PEARL AND CRYSTAL BEADED COMB WITH BIRDCAGE VEIL

'Thank you so much Alison for my incredible birdcage veil. From coming to you with a vague idea of what I wanted, along with various Pinterest pictures, your design advice was invaluable. I loved that you kept me updated along the way with photos and the option to try my veil on part way through the process. I was absolutely over the moon with my fabulous veil. The service you provided from start to end was second to none and I couldn't recommend you highly enough. I had so many compliments about it and didn't want to take it off at the end of the night.'

View of a bride and groom
Back view of a bride and groom

ROSAMUND

GOLD SPRAYED ROSE CROWN

'I am so so grateful to Alison for making a headpiece that I can only describe as magical! After having a wonderful couture wedding dress made by Hayley over at Glory Days Bridal, I hoped to find a headpiece that would compliment it without taking away from Hayley's wonderful creation. I had a very specific design in mind for the headpiece and after trawling online shops to no avail, Hayley directed me to Alison Mary Millinery. At this point we were very close to the wedding date and what could have been a very stressful and rushed experience - trying to make a very specific headpiece with less than 2/3 weeks to go (!) - was made into a chilled, creative and efficient experience at the hands of Alison, who listened very carefully and thoughtfully to my ideas. A fantastic experience, at a reasonable price - I cannot recommend Alison Mary Millinery enough!'

Colour drawing of a headpiece design
Close up view of a pink and blue flower comb
Back view of a wedding hairstyle

ANNA

HAND DYED SILK FLOWER AND BEADED HEADPIECE

Close up view of a lace headpiece

MEG

LACE APPLIQUE AND HAND BEADED HEADPIECE

'After being addicted to Pinterest I had a particular view on what my wedding headpiece was going to look like. However being such a laid back bride I left this vital part until the last minute. I was recommended Alison of Alison Mary Millinery, so I approached her with a hurried panicky email , attaching the dream headpiece I had been lusting over. Alison was quick to reply and could work in my short time frame. The design process was simple and my mind was totally put at ease the entire time about detailing and creative bits my brain couldn't begin to imagine. I was kept in the loop the entire time giving me control over the unique and beautiful hairpiece. The finished piece arrived gift wrapped and exceeded all expectations. I could not believe how beautiful it was and thanks to the fitting it suited my hairstyle perfectly. I could not recommend Alison Mary Millinery enough! I had comments all day long on how beautiful the piece was and now I have a unique keepsake to remind me of that wonderful day. Thank you Alison!'

Colour drawing of a headpiece design
 Close up view of a bride wearing a hat

CHRISTINE

IVORY WOOL FELT PILLBOX HAT WITH BOW AND DETACHABLE VEIL

'My hat was so perfect and matched my vintage wedding dress perfectly. I would recommend you to anyone wanting some special headwear. And I want to thank you again for taking my vision and making it perfectly.'

Close up view of a macaron hat
Full view of a cake display table

LILLY

SILK DUPION MACARON FASCINATOR WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS

'Alison is a wonderful milliner. She helped bring my vision to life and I would highly recommend you go to her for your hat or costume needs. She has an amazing mind and gift, you will not regret your choice!!! I love Alison Mary Millinery. I will definitely be back for more work soon. I love the hat Alison, thank you so much!

Front view of a black and white hat
Side view of a black and white hat
Side view of a black and white hat
Back view of a black and white hat

CHRIS
BLACK AND WHITE CRIN/SINAMAY HAT ON A SINAMAY BASE

"I had a family wedding to attend and needed a hat - Alison was my chosen milliner. She brought several styles of hat for me to try and after making my choice I showed Alison my outfit. Alison went away and designed a gorgeous hat. Shortly, following a fitting, my hat arrived in a fabulous hat box with a beautiful note from Alison. To say the finished hat was perfect is an understatement, so classy. It was so well made and really comfortable to wear. It matched my outfit exactly. Thank you so much Alison for making a special day extra special"

Close up view of a wedding guest hat
Close up view of a wedding guest hat
Close up view of a wedding guest hat

MELANI
BLACK SINAMAY PERCHER HAT WITH GOOSE FEATHERS AND SPOT VEILING

"My hat is beautiful!! Chic, well made and classical. I'm in love with it and received many compliments when I wore it to a wedding recently. I can't wait for my next event so that I can wear it again! It is elegant and timeless so I can style it differently next time, to suit whatever my next event and outfit are. It is so lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear I almost forgot it was there sometimes. I actually can't believe I now own a bespoke and unique hat!

 

Before ordering the hat, I met with Alison at her home studio and tried on a variety of shapes, colours and styles which was useful as I'd never worn a hat or fascinator before. Alison is great at asking questions and consulting to find the perfect hat or headpiece for you. Immediately I found her kind manner, her ideas and her specialist knowledge put me at ease and gave me new confidence.

It was a quick turnaround (as I was quite disorganised!) but Alison fitted me in and met my timeframe. Thank you so much Alison"

Front view of a wedding crown
Close up view of wedding hairpins
Back view of a wedding hairstyle

KATIE
HEIRLOOM CROWN REWORKED INTO HAIR PINS

"I approached Alison with a slightly unusual project of reworking a handmade flower crown into hair pins to wear on my wedding day. I was anxious to see the results as the flowers were 100 years old and so were of very special and sentimental value to me. Alison was quick to respond and put 100% into carefully creating the most stunning hair pins and bringing the flowers back to life. I couldn't have been happier with the end result and am so glad I trusted Alison with this project, she truly is so talented"

Side view of a straw hat
Front view of a straw hat
Back view of a straw hat

''There are times in your life when you need a hat which makes you feel great. So far nothing is the right colour, shape, fit......That is when you turn to Alison. Not only has she a flair for design, a great awareness of colour and remarkable millinery skills - she is also a lovely person to consult. Believe me, she will get it right as no one else has been able to and your confidence will soar. Absolutely superb - get there before she spirits away to London, Paris or New York.....that's how good she is''
 

DEBORAH
NATURAL PEDAL STRAW WIDE BRIMMED HAT


 

Side view of a white and blue bow headband
Side view of a white and blue bow headband
Back view of a white and blue bow headband

IMOGEN
POWDER BLUE HEADBAND WITH MATT SATIN IVORY BOW

''I cannot recommend Alison enough to anyone looking for a bespoke design. She was such a pleasure to work with, even from a distance I knew I was good hands. The final product was exactly what I was hoping for. Thank you so much.

Pearl beaded comb and birdcage veil displayed on a mannequin head
Close up of a pearl beaded comb

RITA
CRYSTAL AND GLASS PEARL BEADS WIRED ONTO A COMB, WORN WITH A SEPARATE BIRDCAGE VEIL

 Dark green felt small round hat with matching bow displayed on a mannequin head
Dark green felt small round hat with matching bow displayed on a mannequin head

ANNE
DARK GREEN FELT BUTTON HAT WITH MATCHING FELT BOW

'I contacted Alison at short notice, having spotted a lovely hat on her website. I wanted the hat but in a shade of green to match my dress. Alison was very quick to respond and immediately gave me a felt that was an exact match! The hat is absolutely beautifully made and I couldn't be more pleased - I will be keeping an eye on her website and looking for another opportunity to buy! Many thanks Alison'

Pink satin small macaron hat displayed on a mannequin head
Pink satin small macaron hat displayed on a mannequin head

JACKIE
SATIN MACARON HAT WITH RHINESTONES

'Wow!! Alison created the most fantastic macaron hat for me. She is incredibly creative and talented - the hat was a highlight of my outfit and I received numerous compliments wearing it! I discovered Alison's work online - she was extremely responsive and was able to work within my very tight timeframe to create the hat of my dreams. It arrived perfectly packaged and well protected and Alison followed up to make sure it was delivered on time. I will certainly be ordering again from Alison!'

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