bespoken & beloved millinery
Inspired by the rich history of fashion, art and global cultures, Milli Starr creates spectacular hats and headpieces from the finest materials available, including hand-woven straws and imported silks, vintage sequins, feathers and ribbons. Each piece is meticulously hand-blocked and hand-stitched using centuries-old couture methods, but re-interpreted for a modern lifestyle in comfort, shape and color.
Owner and head milliner Laura Del Villaggio earned a Certificate in Millinery from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, while concurrently studying for a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles. After completion of her coursework, Laura devoted herself to the art of millinery, including educating others about the wear, care, history and allure of hats. Her millinery atelier was established in Austin, Texas in 2001.
Milli Starr produces two seasonal hat collections of each year: Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. Additional collections include Cocktail, Bridal and Kentucky Derby. These collections feature limited edition, hand-blocked designs that are reproducible for our retail and wholesale customers.
We also offer bespoke services, designing one-of-a-kind millinery for discerning clients seeking the perfect hat for special events, such as weddings, races and galas. Original hats have been spotted at the Kentucky Derby, the Melbourne Cup, Royal Ascot and at numerous other special events around the world.
Milli Starr has been featured on stage, on the runway and in publications such as Tribeza, Jewell, Austin Monthly, Real, Weddings (UK) and Vogue Italia. We are very excited about a recent commission: the pink pillbox hat for Parkland, a major motion picture scheduled for release in November 2013.