2017 Milliners & Hatters Open Competition: results

WE at HatFest were thrilled by the incredible talent on show at the 2017 Milliners & Hatters Open – our ‘serious’ hatmakers competition: the 24 worthy shortlisted finalists’ hats made for a stunning display in Bridport Town Hall.

This year’s ‘M&H’ drew more entries than ever, with submissions from across three continents, but our prizewinners proved to be all British-based.

As usual the judging process was completely anonymised: entirely separately, a total of 316 Public Choice votes were cast by visitors appreciating the town hall display.

We’d like to thank the M&H judges, Graham Eckersley, MD of leading UK hat designers and manufacturers Whiteley Fischer, and Denise Innes-Spencer, creative director of the British School of Millinery, for their hard work – we think they enjoyed it – and the generous prize sponsors: T. Snook, Porter Dodson, Aspect Counselling Services and The HAT Magazine.

And thanks to everyone who entered the competition.

(Scroll down for images of the finalists’ hats.)


  • FIRST:  Louise Clark (In an English Country Garden)
  • SECOND:  Rebecca Cantrell (Posies and Persuasion)
  • THIRD:  Jennifer Rowley (Fairground)
    (All the above achieved GOLD standard)

Public Choice

  • Natasha Mobey (Scarlett Twist)

SILVER standard

  • Elizabeth Hurst (Modern Edwardian)

BRONZE standard

  • Sheri McCoy (Cocktail top hat)
  • Alison Tutcher (The Elves and the Milliner)

Highly Commended (HC)

  • Hazel Edwards (Mermaid)
  • Caroline Hinton (Miniature bridal top hat)
  • Eun Young Lee (Fantasia-Dream)
  • Gemma Manders (Quick Silver)
  • Jules Miles (Sea Creation)
  • Tess Piggott (Twist and Turn)
  • Ana Pribylova (Mirror Swan)
  • Genevieve Reynolds (Golden Wattle)

Other Finalists

  • Christine Barnett (Wired ’n’ Black)
  • Annette Edgar (Violet)
  • Leanne Fredrick (The Birthday Hat)
  • Beryl Furey-King (Spring Forest)
  • Emily Molyneux (Love-in-the-mist)
  • Sarah O’Rourke (Anise)
  • Chelsea Micha Ratcliffe (Diana)
  • Tomoko Tahara (New Romantic)
  • Terry Weston (Avant-Garde)

The prize sponsors were:
1st prize of £500 – T. Snook, hatters
2nd prize of £250 – Porter Dodson
3rd prize of £125 – Aspect Counselling Services
Public Choice prize of a year’s subscription – The HAT Magazine.

2017-09-09T20:35:47+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Latest News|