Costuming in Seattle

(An Historical Costuming Club)

Hat Design Studio – Invitation

Hat Design Studio With Wayne Wichern

SITU-University is pleased to present guest instructor and professional milliner, Wayne Wichern


Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
1-3:30 pm

Hats are a powerful social and cultural marker. In the early to mid-1900’s the daily wearing of hats was a social norm. People rarely ventured out in public without a suitable hat. Today when you wear a hat you are certain to be noticed. “It is always interesting to me to observe the obvious or subtle adjustments of a client’s mental and physical attitude as I set a hat on their head. The hat may well ask for a confident straight-forward comportment, or perhaps a more mysterious or mischievous character is requested of the wearer” says Wayne Wichern, nationally renowned milliner. Change the hat to see the “theater of the hat”; each hat reveals facets of an individual’s persona. 

Wayne will speak on the work of the milliner and show the process of design and creation, be it a sewn straw braid hat or a hand blocked felt or straw hat. There will be ample time for discussion and questions. Wayne will share ideas and suggestions to get you started with untrimmed hats or re-trim your existing hats for your individual costumes and wardrobe needs. He will share suggestions on where to find premade hats to remodel and embellish, and where to find millinery suppliers and supplies.

Wayne Wichern

About Wayne:

Wayne Wichern’s millinery design and teaching career evolved out of his experience as a classical ballet dancer, and his interest in fashion and costume design. Wayne is a professional millinery designer whose elegant hats have sold in such fine stores as Barneys NY and Nordstrom. He has created hats for theater productions of the San Francisco Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His innovative hat designs are in collections of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Women’s Wear Daily, Victoria Magazine, and Fiberarts Design Book Six. Wayne is a skilled teacher who continually works to inspire and encourage students to pursue their interests in professional design careers.

The Details:


Saturday, September 16, 2017  1pm – 3:30 pm


Location will be on “the Eastside” and revealed to those who have registered


$5.00 per person – Need NOT be a SITU Member to participate and view Wayne’s collection


Advance Registration is required 

Deadline for PayPal is: Wed 9/13/17 by 5pm

Deadline for personal check is: Sun 9/10/17

Contact / Registration Questions:

Payments ~

Pay via PayPal:

Number of Attendees
Name/s of Attendee/s?

Pay via Personal Check:

Make your checks payable to:

Somewhere in Time, Unlimited

SEND Your check to:

PO Box 16411
Seattle, WA  98116
(In the memo line please write “Hat D/S” )

Please include a note which states the name/s of the attendee/s.

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