Monique Lee Millinery [ Moisei Yakovlevich Ginsburg Forest ] hat from 2014SS Dark Times collection. Hat design: Monique Lee Millinery Photographer: Kenny Ip Photography Makeup Artist: Keum Jin Hwang Hair Stylist: Federico D’Abate Wardrobe Stylist: Manveer Model: Wei-Chiung Lin
After receiving masters degree in fashion design and technology from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London in 2006, Monique Lee has spent the past 10 years working and travelling in Europe and Asia. Her work experience includes involvement in fashion styling; smart garment and sportswear research and design projects; fashion trend forecasting; and international design collaboration management. She currently works as a fashion PhD researcher and visiting lecturer for MA fashion design and media courses at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University.
In December 2012, Monique Lee Millinery for conceptual and couture hats was launched and received commissioned orders. Her previous collection was exhibited at Candid Arts Trust in Angel, London this April and exhibited at Birmingham Made Me Design Expo along with Harvey Nichols, MG and Aston Martin this June. In July, she will be styling and showcasing her hat collection at a charity fashion catwalk show to raise fund for Francis House Children’s Hospice to help children and young adults with life shortening illnesses in Manchester.
The latest commissioned headpieces design for vocalist Eleanor Rose of Electric Swing Circus to wear and perform at Glastonbury and other festivals. In June, she was invited to create two masks for The Animal Ball, a charity event organised by Elephant Family. This masks are currently being exhibited along with masks created by Cartier, Christian Louboutin, DVF – Diane von Furstenberg at Selfridges London Personal Shopping Department from 12th June to 2nd July for VIP guests including Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to view and choose to wear at the Ball on 9th July. I have also made a conceptual hat for fashionista Maya Williams, founder of Fashion Lollipop, and a sculptural hat inspired by Bauhaus and contemporary architecture for model Wei Chiung Lin to wear and attracted attention from the press including The Guardian, The Independent, Telegraph, Sunday Mercury …40 media and racegoers at Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day 2013.
Since the launch she has collaborated with creative photographers Olivia Grace, Jonathan Bell and Kenneth Ipcress on several conceptual photo shoots and will be collaborating with Paul Gough, an expert in wearable electronics, former employee of Philips to create her 2014SS collection with technologies such as GPS, sensors, accelerometers and LED lights. I am recently nominated as a finalist of Accessories Designer by Midlands Fashion Awards and planning an exhibition in Tokyo and New York with great graphic designer Shingo Noma who designed award -winning campaign for Issey Miyake and Francisco Fabrega, a very talented visual artist next year.
Every hat from Monique Lee Millinery is designed and hand-crafted in England. Private hire or custom-made headpieces or hats for concerts, horse races, weddings, parties please visit the ”How to Order & Shop Now!!” section. Creative projects for fashion runway shows or commercial campaign collaborations are welcome! Please follow us on Facebook: Monique Lee Millinery to see how hats are made and updates of latest collaborations. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)1214750361