MAArvelous Millinery a cocktail and millinery event was held by the Millinery Association of Australia on Thursday 3rd October at the Leopard Lounge, Melbourne Zoo. It was run to showcase the work of the Millinery Association in the lead up to spring carnival and raise awareness for mental health research in conjunction with Rotary Health.

It was a great night with 27 milliners (including myself) taking part in the event. Given the location of the Melbourne Zoo for the event a jungle theme was declared for the evening. MAA President, Richard Nylon was host for the night in a very appropriate animal print hat.

Richard Nylon with Kristine Live

Richard Nylon with Kristine Live

Dancentre and their fabulous dancers put on a show with specially made animal hats to open the night. Then as guests nibbled on canapes and sipped on champagne each participating milliner showed their top looks for the Spring Carnival on stage.

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Loved this Elephant hat

Loved this Elephant hat

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My Display- the green jungle lighting made it hard to take photos

After the show and some prizes given out for the night, guests had a chance to speak to the milliners and go shopping! I saw a number of guests leaving with newly acquired hat boxes in hand with the contents ready to make an appearance at one of the many race days coming up.

A very special thanks must go to fellow milliner Sandy Forrester who put an enormous amount of work in creating and making the event happen.

It was also great to hear from a number of people that said they have seen and are enjoying On Track On Trend!

By Angela