Ilana Meilak, creative director of The House of Hats, is a high skilled and practiced Milliner based in Sydney, Australia. The House of Hats was established in 2006 when Ilana opened her first store in Paddington in Sydney, attracting a wide variety of clients both near and far abroad.
Ilana specialises in a wide variety of couture hats and accessories with a strong focus on wearable everyday pieces with a vintage flair. Possessing an extensive background in fashion design, make up artistry and visual merchandising, Ilana has developed the skills to recreate elegance and glamour time and time again.
Ilana attended TAFE in 2005, where she completed studies of Millinery and Headwear. This is where Ilana developed all the skills required and more to break into the millinery world. Ilana has a particularly strong personal interest in the yesteryear and thoroughly enjoys researching old traditional millinery techniques, as well as collecting vintage materials and trimmings from all over the world, meaning her pieces are truly one of a kind.
Ilana’s designs combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship. Each hat is meticulously designed, hand-sewed and hours are spent on perfecting each individual design. All hats are then blocked on a wide variety of antique wooden hat blocks, all custom and made to size. The House of Hats uses only the highest quality materials to ensure you receive the most beautiful, everlasting quality hat. Ilana thrives on using vintage materials, dating back to the 1920s in all her designs to reflect the authenticity of that particular era.
Since establishing her brand of now thirteen years, Ilana’s creations have been exhibited in The Titanic Exhibition worldwide, CW TV series ‘REIGN’ and Australia’s Next Top Model. Her designs have also enjoyed continuous high fashion press coverage, with her hats being featured in Harpers Bazaar Singapore, Elle Australia, Cosmopolitan, Grazia Bride, Cosmo Bride, Australian Traveller, Elegant and Shop Till you Drop. Ilana’s hats have also graced the heads of many Australian and American models, TV presenters and musicians.
The House of Hats current 2019 collection ‘My Vintage Valentine’ is an Old Hollywood inspired collection, evocative of Valentine’s Day in Paris back in the 1940s. ‘My Vintage Valentine’ brings the true romance and elegance of the 1940s to life.
ilana’s hats can be ordered through her online store, as well as various retail stocklist.
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