“Claire is a talented milliner who always comes up with creative solutions however strange the head wear required. She works well with designers, performers and costume makers to ensure that everyone is happy and the outfit works as a whole. She is skilled in working in many different materials and styles making hats that still look as good at the end of the run as they did on Press Night.

Beautiful hats delivered on time, what more could a Supervisor ask for!”

Mark Jones, 2014
Seasonal Costume Supervisor
Watford Palace Theatre

“As a costume designer for film, I have had the pleasure to know Claire and commission hats from her over that past seven years (since 2008). On a recent film, the hat she made for a principal actress was the most praised piece of the film, for many of the cast and crew. Claire is an intuitive milliner who takes the extra time and care to understand the references and context of a brief, so she can capture the precise feeling, character and style that a hat can and must convey.

Working with her, you quickly sketch or describe an impression to her and she does the rest; the final aesethetic of every piece she makes has just the right subtle curve, cut and form you imagined for the character, exactly as you want it, with a beauitful finish and something more that comes from her ability to bring out the individuality of the wearer in the uniqueness of each hat, you’ll find no cookie-cutter generic work here.”

Hayley Nebauer, 2015
Costume Designer

“With such attentive care for the wearer and their needs, along with superb skill and interpretative imagination, her creations never just fulfil the brief, they exceed all expectations. As far as I’m concerned, Claire Strickland is a milinery genius!”

Cleo Pettitt, 2015
Theatre Designer