24 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn the artisanal fine skills and foundational specialist sewing skills of a milliner as you produce a fascinator/hatinator for a special occasion. Be part of the wonderful art of millinery in our design studio under the guidance of our expert tutor.Learn about hat fitting and proportion as you design a fascinator that is simple elegance or highly conceptual. The fascinator lends itself to either perfectly.

Course content

You will progress through the millinery process of design, blocking, stiffening, covering, trimming and adding embellishments to create your headwear masterpiece.

  • Design concepts, proportions
  • Wire work
  • Stiffening
  • Blocking foundation
  • Embellishments for hat and/or fascinators
  • Feather trimming and curling
  • Learn how a fascinator fits and sits on a head and practical ways of keeping it from falling off


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

Students will work in our design studio facilities and will have access to hat blocks. Foundational millinery blocking materials are included in the course fee. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Please bring along images of fascinators you love or are inspired by. Further material requirements will be discussed in session one with your tutor.

Suited to

This is a beginner level course. Intermediate students, especially those that are self-taught, may also find it useful to attend to get expert tuition from our experienced tutors and learn sewing tips and tricks used by professionals. Places fill quickly so enrol as early as possible.


By the end of the course students will have completed a simple fascinator; they will have also learned the skills to continue making headpieces and hats.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion.

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