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B Millinery creator Ellen Bowden’s interest in millinery developed through her previous work in theatre design and her love of vintage. After completing her degree in stage and costume design she decided to pursue her love of hats and went back to school, studying first at Morley College under the theatrical Milliner Jane Smith and then at Kensington and Chelsea.





Photo by Kristy Noble.


Ellen takes her inspiration from reflecting on the heydays of glamour and style, from the 1920s to the 1960s through eras of high fashion and quality craftsmanship.

She brings elements of these decades of design into the present day, lending her own modern twists to her creations.


B Millinery specialises in creating individual hats that really celebrate the personality of the wearer, showing a freedom of expression and individuality. Ellen loves to work with her clients to make sure the hat they commission is truly their own.