From Art Deco inspired cloches to modern fedoras, felt is a favorite material here at Frontier Millinery. We work with both wool and fur fiber felts, and specialize in the use of vintage and reclaimed materials in our designs.
Free-form blocking is a signature of our felt hats, making each of our pieces truly unique. While traditional and specialty blocks are certainly used in some creations, many of our silhouettes are hand sculpted exclusives done intuitively by hand. Using a simultaneous blocking and stiffening process allows for extra flexibility in creation as well. And for everyone's benefit, we always use a non-toxic stiffener in the making of our hats.
Art Deco 'Wave' Cloche
Reclaimed wool felt, free-form hand shaping.
Navy wool felt trimmed in velvet ribbon and antique mother of pearl buttons.
Draped 'Turban' Coche
Absolutely one-of-a-kind piece done in hand draped wool felt, with antique lace overlays and antique glass button accent.
'The Capone' Fedora
Custom made in heavyweight wool felt, trimmed with grosgrain and feathers.
'Cherry Bomb' Cloche
Hand sculpted wool felt with vinyl binding and band.
'Femme Noir' Hat
Limited wool/fur blend felt, hand formed crown detail and brim, trimmed in grosgrain and vintage buttons.
Wool felt with hand cut specialty brim edge and cutouts, hand embroidery on the brim, sari fabric trim with button and feathers.
The 'Rockhound' Homburg
Limited wool/fur blend felt with specialty pleated grosgrain band and polished petrified wood cabochon.
Art Deco Cloche
Wool felt, free-form hand shaping overall, simple trim of velvet ribbon.
Art Deco Cloche
Reclaimed wool felt, free-form hand shaping, trimmed in vintage bias, grosgrain, and buttons.
Fur felt trimmed in hand pleated grosgrain with brooch and feathers.
Pick an era - any era! Frontier Millinery creates historically inspired hats for both theatrical and private clients looking for everything from historically documented reproductions to fantastical fun costume pieces. Our hats have been to diverse events including Renaissance festivals, comic conventions, Revolutionary War events, Venice's Carnevale, and Victorian picnics.
Our current range of designs covers styles from the 16th century through the 1950s, but we'll tackle any historical project you have!
'Don Carlos' Renaissance Cap
Custom made in cotton velveteen with rouleaux band, chain, 'jewels', brooch, and feather. Inspired by hats seen in Renaissance portraiture.
18th Century Market Hat or Bonnet
Custom made in silk, fully adjustable body with stiff brim and hand finished trims. Inspired by an extant example in the collections of Colonial Williamsburg and portraiture of the era.
Custom made in chenille trimmed in satin, with multi-ribbon rosette, 'jewel', and long feather. Worn as part of a professional stilt entertainer's ensemble, as seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
'Mother Goose' Bonnet, 1820s Style
Custom made from the foundation up. Covering in silk with heavy ruching in the brim lining, trimmed in satin sashing and faux florals. Worn by a Mother Goose character impressionist.
Fantasy Attifet, Elizabethan Inspired Headpiece
Wire frame with sinamay body trimmed in satin ribbon, metallic braid, and multiple beaded accents. Completed in collaboration with Redthreaded's 'Jewel Box' photoshoot, 2016.
Custom made in chenille with felt and ribbon loop trims, feathers, and polished jasper cabochon.
Regency Style Straw Bonnet
Inspired by a fashion plate from 1814, made in a fancy woven ramie/sisal blend straw. Trimmed with silk ribbons and vintage millinery flowers, partial adjustable lining of silk taffeta.
Military inspired style. Fabric body with piping, fully lined. Folds flat.
18th Century Ladies Riding Hat
Wool felt, cotton lined, trimmed with silk ribbon band and rosette.
Bonnet, 1830s/40s Inspired
Made entirely from the foundation up. Pleated brim lining, trims of ruched ribbon and faux florals.
Theatrical contracts are a very special part of Frontier Millinery's work. Our background originates in the performing arts, so we are able to bring particular knowledge and techniques to the process of creating theatrical millinery. In addition to full custom creations, we also offer alteration, restoration, and redesign services. From local theatres to Broadway productions, we are happy to work with designers to bring their designs to life for stage or screen.
'Toy Soldier' Hats
'A Yuletide Celebration', Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 2016 Costume Designer: Clare Henkel Fully custom made, these toy soldier hats feature flared crowns, vinyl visor brims, and quick-release chin straps.
Art Deco Cloche
'Abduction From The Seraglio', LA Opera, 2017. Costume Designer: Anna R. Oliver Custom free-form blocked cloche in wool felt with vintage ribbon and buckle trim, silk lined.
Ensemble Renaissance Caps
'Something Rotten', National Broadway Tour, 2017 Costume Designer: Gregg Barnes Custom Renaissance style caps in production fabrics, trims provided by Frontier Millinery.
Ensemble Renaissance Caps
'Something Rotten', National Broadway Tour, 2017 Costume Designer: Gregg Barnes Custom Renaissance style caps in fabrics and trims provided by Frontier Millinery. Hand curled feathers.
'Jesus Christ Superstar', Arvada Center (Colorado), 2017 Costume Designer: Clare Henkel Four hats in two styles. Buckram and wire foundations covered in fabric and braid trims. Fully lined.
Elf Hats - Alterations
'A Yuletide Celebration', Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 2015 Costume Designer: Clare Henkel Alterations provided for 26 ensemble elf hats. Customization consisting of the application of red velveteen stripes and metallic appliques.
Straw and Sinamay
Our straw hats range from stylish everyday hats to extravagant one-of-a-kind showpieces. Frontier Millinery has created pieces in a variety of straw materials including woven straws, parasisals, sinamay, and more. A willingness to experiment with the possibilities of the materials has resulted in many unique details, from embroidery to layering effects.
Wide sinamay brim embroidered with bird motif and edged in straw braid. Crown trimmed in velvet ribbon, millinery horsehair, and hand cut feathers.
Reclaimed vintage parasisal, trimmed in velvet ribbons, feathers, faux florals, and antique button.
Lacy Brimmed Derby Hat
Large domed brim consisting of two layers of sinamay with middle layer of metallic lace. Sinamay crown, trimmed in millinery horsehair and feathers.
Sari Sun Hat
Reclaimed straw with purple satin and antique metallic embroidered sari trim.
Lilac Sun Hat
Reclaimed sisal trimmed in grosgrain ribbons and hand cut and embroidered felt lilac corsage.
Headpieces and Mini Hats
Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest impact. Frontier Millinery gladly creates smaller ornaments in addition to our full scale hats. Some of our signatures include fanciful velvet ribbon headbands, miniature scale top hats, and perching headpieces. Detail, hand finishing, and perfect decorative touches are just important in these pieces as in our larger pieces. And unique vintage and reclaimed materials, as in our full scale hats, are a signature of these pieces as well.
Midnight Flower Crown
Metallic leather flowers and vintage millinery leaves with Victorian bead details on velvet ribbon.
Feathered Goddess Halo
Hand cut and embossed metallic leather 'feathers' mounted on halo headband.
Tweed Mini Top Hat
Reclaimed vintage Harris Tweed with accents of linen, feathers, and silk buttons.
Antique Rose Whimsy
Handmade silk flower with Victorian beads and curled feathers on velvet ribbon.
Sandalwood Fan Cocktail Hat
Hand curled sandalwood fan staves with satin center.
'Odile' Gothic Mini Top Hat
Reclaimed jacquard fabric, accented with grosgrain ribbon, hand stripped feathers, and a Victorian glass button.
Velvet Holly Crown
Millinery leaves and faux berries on velvet ribbon.
Tartan Cocktail Hat
Reclaimed wool tartan fabric with hand curled pheasant feathers.
Specialty Costumes and Reproductions
From technically challenging and whimsical costume pieces, to replica hats that complete cosplayers' recreations, to reproductions suitable for exhibition, we are pleased to create specialty headwear for our clients. We love to collaborate directly with clients and their ideas, and can offer design services in creating the perfect finishing touch for their ensemble. Projects combining imagination and innovation are some of our favorites!
'Big Top' Bergere
Custom circus inspired piece in 18th C. shape with hand built buckram and wire frame, fancy pieced silk covering, and self silk ribbon accents.
Wicked Witch Hat
Custom cosplay commission for private client, inspired by the musical 'Wicked'. Buckram and wire construction in brim, hand sculpted EVA foam foundation in crown. Vinyl covering with grosgrain bound brim edge, fully lined.
'Lady Luck' 1830s Inspired Accessories Suite
Custom multi-piece set mixing 1830s hair adornment styles and casino themed details. Double 'Apollo Knot' hairpiece with wire and millinery horsehair frame, covered in synthetic wefts with decorative brass card suit accents. Circlet of faux pearls and dice beads. Side floral accents created from playing cards, ribbon, velvet leaves, and dice beads. 'Mantilla' style comb created with playing cards and feathers.
Custom mortarboard in client's fabrics. Hexagonal board covered in velvet, base of jacquard outer fabric and quilted silk interior.
'Host' Cowboy Hat
Custom cosplay commission for private client, replica of character hat from 'Westworld' series. Reclaimed western weight beaver blend felt, free-form shaped crown and brim. Vintage 2-ply cord trim, fully lined, leather sweatband.
'Judith' Cavalier Hat
Custom cosplay commission for private client, replica of character hat from 'Tales of Vesperia'. Peltex and wire foundation, cotton covering and binding, trimmed in cotton sashing with 'jewel' and feathers. Fully lined.
Mid-Century Floral Hat
Reproduction of hat for the Emily Griffith Technical College (Colorado) for retrospective display at Denver Public Library. The original was created by students at the college and presented to First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. Original no longer exists to knowledge, replica created from a photo reference. Sinamay base layered with faux florals and beaded appliques, with full birdcage veil.
'Audrey' Sleep Mask
Custom commission for private client of sleep mask from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. Taffeta body with vintage metallic braid details, quilted cotton backing.
Sometimes you just have to have a little fun - and for Frontier Millinery, fleece is a great material for a bit of silliness! Whether cute, tongue-in-cheek, or just plain warm, we aim to brim a smile to the wearer and those they meet. And even though they may be silly, they are hand crafted with the same care given to all our creations.
Fleece Unicorn Headbands
Double layered fleece bands with embroidery floss swirled fleece horns in a wide array of colors.
Custom Fleece Unicorn Headbands
Custom made in clients' choice of color, floss, and details.
Fleece Squid Hat
Double layered fleece hat with polyfill stuffed fleece squid body attached. Fins, appliqued tentacle details on hat body, and long stuffed side tentacles with button 'suction cup' detailing. Hand stitched felt eyes.
Fleece Cosplay Ears Headband
Custom made polyfill stuffed fleece ears with headband base and hand appliqued details.
Custom Fleece Squid Hat
Custom made in clients' choice of colors and details.
Fleece Horned 'Viking' Headband
Double layered fleece headband with fleece horns, accented with metallic studded bands.
Metalwork and metallic media is one of the newer features in the Frontier Millinery portfolio. Crowns and headdresses have been our main focus so far, and we've been developing metalwork and jewelry skills in order to bring those ideas to life. We look to continue expanding on our metallic offerings in the future!
Art Nouveau Style Headdress
Brass filigree medallions attached to brass banding, with brass chain and glass bead accents.
Metallic Blossoms Headpiece
Hand sculpted aluminum screen branch with hand shaped brass screen flowers, accented with brass nailhead centers, mounted on headband.
Brass banding hand soldered to size, inspired by Pre-Raphaelite paintings.