How did you get into this line of work?
One Sunday I booked myself onto a basic one day millinery course in the Irish School of Millinery and I just loved it so much I never stopped!
What do you enjoy most about being a milliner?
I think a hat can make an outfit stand out and that’s what I wanted to create with this collection – something eye catching for the customer. A hat can make you feel so good and give you confidence. I want my clients to feel that way and I love making them feel that way when I create something special for them.
Do you notice a change in wedding styles and fashions over the last few years? What is popular now?
Yes I’ve noticed brides were big into crystal combs a few years ago – now they are far more into veils, flowers and flower crowns in their hair. The vintage look is big too – birdcage veiling for example.
How much time would a bride/wedding guest need to leave to order something bespoke?
As much time, as possible but even 4 – 6 weeks is time enough. Although I have had many brides in the past who have left their headpiece to the very last minute – 1 or 2 weeks before the wedding!
Any advice for brides wanting something a little different?
Gather lots of pictures on Pinterest or Google images of what styles, colours, fabrics etc that you think you might like, whether that be lace, beading, silk flowers – that gives your milliner a good starting point.
Also, have a picture of your dress and some fabric from your dress if possible.
What should people consider when shopping for a hat/headpiece?
Their dress/outfit, what way they will wear their hair, if they want a big or small hat. If you’re small you don’t want a huge hat and visa versa! What they will feel comfortable in too – if you feel more confident in a smaller hat/headpiece then you should stick with that.
Where can people see your collection?
Also debfanningmillinery.com and brides can email me to make an appointment to visit me at my new studio in Rathmines too!