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Sculptural Headwear – Couture Millinery


During the sculptural headwear course, the participants will acquire techniques for moulding and draping headwear and making couture millinery in traditional materials. In addition to innovative and alternative solutions, the course will look into the history, functions and meaning of headwear.
The workshop will introduce, based on the example of the Balenciaga fashion house in Paris, the materials and techniques of handmade millinery in order to popularise the field of millinery design that has become marginal in recent decades. By researching various materials (straws, felt, etc.), the participants will obtain the necessary historical background knowledge to help in maintaining the tradition of wearing innovative couture millinery.

LEARNING OUTCOMES. The participant:

• has an overview of the history of headwear;
• is familiar with contemporary techniques for making couture millinery and is able to discern between suitable materials;
• is able to find suitable means and methods for making designer headwear;
• is able to find interesting and unique formal solutions;
• is able to value the traditions of making and wearing couture millinery.


The sculptural headwear course will end with an assessment – a presentation of works made during the course and a substantive analysis of the work process.


Eia Radosavljevic (BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017); Hand & Lock, Couture Tambour Embroidery Certification (2016); Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC (1989-1991 and 1992-1993). Eia is Associate Professor of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and she teaches headwear design and embellishment courses. She has been a milliner for almost 30 years in her own company, Eia Millinery Design. She has supervised many couture millinery courses and shown her work at exhibitions all over the world.
She has won numerous awards for her headwear designs and has been a guest lecturer at universities in Estonia and Australia.
She is also a professionally-trained ballet dancer.


EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures” is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Programme structure


Friday, August 2
Quick overview of fashion history, examples of different headwear.
Saturday, August 3
Achieving the historic silhouette. The function and meaning of headwear.
Sunday, August 4
Technological possibilities.
Monday, August 5
Practical work, individual supervision.
Tuesday, August 6
Practical work, individual supervision.
Wednesday, August 7
Practical work, individual supervision.
Thursday, August 8
Presentation of the finished work. Course summary and feedback.

10:00–11:30 Introduction
11:30–13:00 Theory and/or practical work
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–17:00 Theory and/or practical work
17:30–19:00 Independent practical work

Apply now! Summer semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Jul 29, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States