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The Minimalist 1990s
The 1990s was an era marked by the rise of home computers, mobile phones, and a powerful wave of feminism. Women sought fashion choices that reflected their independence and empowerment.
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The Power Dressing eighties - Fashion History 1980-1990
From power dressing to punk rebellion, from elegant fascinators to gender-bending New Romantic styles, this era showcased a remarkable range of styles and self-expression.
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From Disco Divas To bohemian Style: Fashion History 1970- 1980.
The 1970s was a period of recession and social unrest in Britain, and the fashion landscape was characterised by coexistence of various styles. From disco divas to punk rebels fashion in the seventies embraced freedom, choice, and a fusion of influences.
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The swinging sixties: Fashion History 1960 - 1970
The psychedelic, swinging '60s, was an era characterised by a sense of liberation and a desire for self-expression among young people. The youth of the time enjoyed a higher income than previous generations and eagerly sought a unique wardrobe that allowed them to break free from the constraints of their parents' fashion choices.
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The ultra Feminine Fifties - Women's fashion history 1950 - 1960
The 1950's was an array of women's fashion styles. From Diors iconic 'New Look' collection with its Bar suit to the sheath wiggle dresses and the first ready to wear Horrockses cotton dress there were so many style to explore. Check out our 1950's fashion post to find out more.
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The Fashion Decade of two Halves: 1940 - 1950
From the resilience of wartime styles to the blossoming elegance of post-war trends, the fashion landscape of the forties was a tale of two halves. Read on to find out about how clothing shortages were tackled and how the decade ended with a whole 'New Look'.
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The Golden Age of Glamour: A brief fashion history 1930 - 1940.
The 1930s, was the Golden Age of Glamour, where silver screens dazzled and fashion flourished. From bias cut curves to matching skirt suits check out our blog post to find our more about 1930's fashion history in order to style your Goodwood Revival outfit.
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Unleashing the Fashion freedom of The 1920's
From the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb to the Flapper Vote of 1928 our 1920-1930's blog post will give you an insight into how these key events took their place in 1920's fashion history.
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1910's - 1920's Fashion: From neoclassical elegance to Bobbed Sophistication
Witness the rise of the empire dress and the transformation of hemlines, revealing ankles and calves. Discover the impact of World War I on fashion as women took charge and embraced practicality with overalls and trousers.
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The Elegance and of The Edwardian Era: A Brief Fashion History 1900's - 1910's
The 1900-1910s marked a period of change and liberation, from restrictive clothing and wide brimmed bird filled hats to liberating and fluid styles. From the beginning of women's liberation to the birth of the RSPB our blog pots focused on the key looks of the Edwardian era.
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Get ready for Goodwood Revival: Fashion Past and Future
Do you want to know about Laver's Law and how it is can be used to predict the next fashion cycle? Are you heading to Goodwood Revival and keen to ensure your outfit is on-point with era dressing? Our forthcoming series of 20th Century blog post is for you. Our first blog post in our fashion history series highlights the cycles of fashion and hints at what's to come.
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We are An Award Winning Hat Shop - New Business of the Year 2022!
It's been a busy few months and I've just realised that I have yet to share our exciting news about being an award winning hat shop! Towards the end of November we were invited to attend The Arun Business Partnership Awards at Fontwell Park Race course as our business, Isabella Josie, had been nominated for two awards. The Arun Business […]
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When Hollywood comes to town
If you fancy some 'behind the scenes' photos from the set of the new Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley film 'Wicked Little Letters' then read on.
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Goodwood Revival 2022
Goodwood Revival is one of my most favourite annual events. Goodwood Revival is about more than the motor racing, it is about old school glamour, the opportunity to dress up in period outfits and the chance to walk into a ‘live’ film set at every turn. As a local West Sussex milliner, Goodwood and its annual events are a key […]
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The History of The OLD Printing House - Arundel's Hidden Shopping Arcade
Discover the history of our hat shop building which is part of Arundel's Old Printing House.
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A Step by Step Guide to making a Sinamay Hat with an up turned brim
I am very lucky to be able to say that I have learnt my millinery foundations from the great Rose Cory. Rose is often referred to as the “Milliners Milliner” and during her forty year career and has made fabulous hats for many celebrities including the late Queen Mum. This post is my personal record / memory jogger of how […]
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Daisy Crochet Bunting – Free Pattern
Are you ready for some daisy love? Our crochet daisies are really easy to make – the hardest thing is working out what to do with all your flowers. Will it be some bunting, a bookmark, door curtain or retro belt and headband? You will need some yellow, green and white yarn (if you would like yellow and white daisies). Check the […]
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Knitted Rolled Brim Beanie Hat – Free beginners pattern
For my quick and easy rolled brim beanie hat grab yourself some double knitting yarn and a pair of knitting needles (check the back of the yarn to see the recommended size.) For my beanie hat I am using a pair of 4.5mm needles and a variegated 'Crofter DK’ yarn at it gives you a Fair Isle effect without the hard […]
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The Stitch Sharer
10 years ago I picked up my needles and began a blog called 'The Stitch Sharer'. After a day in the office I found that being able to create something with my hands gave me a great sense of achievement. Whether it was a crochet hook, knitting or sewing needle, the rhythmic nature of each stitch and focus needed to […]
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Goodwood Revival 2021
If you are a follower of my blog you will know I love vintage fashion. I think it's the nostalgic glamour of the 1940s / 50s that attracts me the most and the opportunity to wear a hat as an everyday accessory. Rather than focus on the Goodwood Revival racing, I thought it would be fun to share an insiders […]
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Hat Shop Opening - you are invited!
I have some very exciting news! On Friday 28th May I am opening a hat shop in Arundel, West Sussex! My hat shop will be on the first floor of Retroesque, which you can find in The Old Print Works Shopping Arcade on Tarrant Street. I am delighted to be joining Victoria at Retroesque with her fabulous range of retro […]
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Headbands and our top five reasons to wear them
What are headbands so popular? Top 5 reasons why you should be wearing a headband.
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Isabella Josie celebrity style
Our headbands have had some celebrity attention with Charlotte Hawkins (of Good Morning Britain and Classic FM fame) sharing a beautiful photo of her and her daughter wearing our handcrafted headbands. Charlotte is wearing one of our reversible headbands and her daughter is wearing a matching headband from our Bow range. It's such a gorgeous photo of them both and […]
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Exclusive News: launching our range of luxury hair accessories
Launching our first headband collection.
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Hats off for Headbands
If you have picked up a magazine or popped into a hair accessory shop, you will of noticed the growing trend of chunky padded headbands. From a milliners point of view, it's great to see headwear being worn as an every day fashion staple. It has been great fun designing the headbands for my pop up shop in Bosham Walk […]
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Goodwood Revival 2019
This time last week Goodwood Revival was in full swing. Thousands of people were dressed in their finest vintage outfits at the famous historic motor race meeting. At Goodwood Revival, you will find me soaking up the atmosphere at the fairground, marketplace or watching the dancing - there is so much to see. My 'must-go' to place is the Earl […]
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Isabella Josie Millinery - we are on the front page!
Hello from a very excited Isabella Josie. I'm delighted to announce that our handcrafted bridal headpieces are featured on the front page of ETC south magazine!
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Royal Ascot Hat Highlights
With the racing season in full swing, I thought you might like to see a few photos from my first Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. It was an amazing experience with a brass band playing on the lawn, singing at the bandstand and a fashion feast for the eyes. Here are a few pictures of some my favourite hats, of […]
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Boho Glamour
It's been a lovely Easter weekend taking part in a garden based wedding photoshoot to create two different bridal looks: 'Boho' and 'Glamour'.
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London Hat Week
I hope you are all having a fabulous and very sunny Easter weekend. It's such a beautiful time in the garden seeing the flowers spring into life. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to see some amazing handcrafted flowers at The London Hat Week's X Terrance ' World Garden' theme hat exhibition. Here are a few of […]
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Photo Shoot - behind the scenes
February has been a very exciting month here at Isabella Josie Millinery. If you have recently checked out the 'shop' section of my website, you will see that it has been updated with some beautiful photos of my hats and headpieces.
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How do I choose the right hat?
Check out our top hat wearing tips! A hat is a stylish accessory that frames your face, it flatters and protects. A hat can give you confidence and transform an outfit, it makes a statement about how you are feel and who you want to be. So how do you find one the right hat for you? When choosing a […]
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The Making of a Trilby Hat
Film clip by Isabella Josie, milliner, creating a handcrafted felt trilby hat.
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