Zara Gray Millinery is a one-woman business run by milliner Zara Gray. Since 2012 she has made bespoke hats and fascinators from her studio in Glasgow’s West End. She now also offers a casual millinery range made from recycled textiles and baby turbans. A range of hats and fascinators are ready to buy. Zara also offers a bespoke service which allows you to choose your style and have fabrics hand-dyed to match your outfit.
In 2010 Zara was inspired to make her first fascinator when she was invited to a wedding and her Grandma insisted she wore ‘something on her head’. Fresh out of University she wanted a fascinator that was original and matched her dress. When one shop’s offerings fell short of the brief she found herself instead in the haberdashery department. From there the first Zara Gray Millinery piece was made. Two years later she discovered an ‘introduction to millinery’ course in her new home of Glasgow. Two weeks after that (with a little encouragement) she first met her tutor, Nancy Paxton, and the rest is history.
Since then she has gained a PDA in Millinery and Textile Design at Glasgow Kelvin College. There she was taught to use hand-sewn couture methods. She has been fortunate to expand her skills through training with legendary milliner Rose Cory OBE (famous for being the milliner to the Queen Mother) and with indomitable milliner Ian Bennett.
For years making hats and fascinators ran alongside jobs in sales and marketing. In April 2017 her love of making hats became her full time vocation when she established a bespoke service from her home studio.
Her hats and headpieces are made using both traditional and modern fabrics which can bring novelty to pieces.
Zara sources fabrics from high quality sources around the world. She continually explores new fabrics for hats and the handmade trims that finish them. She dyes materials, flowers and feather trims by hand at her home studio to ensure colour matching.
Alongside making hats Zara now teaches millinery workshops and speaks about her craft across Scotland. Her workshops can be tailored to a skill base and she is comfortable teaching both children and adults.
Zara finds inspiration in the worlds of natural florals, art, architecture and fashion when designing her creations. She enjoys making even the most ambitious of ideas become reality. If you need a hat or headpiece for any occasion get in touch with Zara about creating your bespoke piece.