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Pea Cooper Millinery

Pea Cooper Millinery

Pea Cooper Millinery

One of Scotland’s top hat makers offering bespoke designs – a hat hire service coming soon.

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Paula Cooper studied millinery (hat making) at Art School in London, moved to Melbourne to work with Australia’s top milliner, designed for an Ecuadorian company who produce Panama Hats and went on to work with a group of Ugandan women to help create sustainable employment by selling straw to UK millinery suppliers.

Pea’s work has been recognised in several major awards including International Milliner of the Year nominee in 2009, Scottish Fashion Accessory Designer of the Year nominee in 2011 and in 2013 she was awarded the Inches Carr Award for Traditional Craft in Scotland. She has had exhibitions of her work at The Collins Gallery and The Lighthouse in Glasgow and has a permanent exhibition of work at the Harris Tweed Centre on the Isle of Harris. Last year she was Artist in Residence at Doon Academy Secondary School and is currently Artist in Residence at Project Ability, Glasgow. Paula is also a creative consultant for the V&A Dundee.

As one of the very few fully trained milliners in Scotland Paula runs an award winning business making ‘Quirky but Wearable’ hats for both the bespoke and commercial markets. She uses traditional craft and tries to use as many recycled and vintage products as possible. She likes to collaborate with other brands, most recently with Harris Tweed and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Her work has been shown at London and Melbourne Fashion week and has had many editorials in glossy magazines including British, Russian and Turkish Vogue as well as many other worldwide publications.