As a young girl growing up in the south, my mother and grandmother always wore hats. I would love to go to church on Sunday mornings just to see all the beautiful hats. After church, we would always have dinner at grandmother's. I would always be the entertainment, modeling my grandmother's hats and wigs. Being a woman has many advantages with fashions; spicing up your wardrobe can be done with shoes, jewelry, but in my case it was hats. My desire to craft and design hats came from watching the old movies, when the ladies had a classic appearence. They wore hats and gloves along with tailored suits and skirts with the kickpleats. I loved it!!!
I began taking millinery classes from Mr. Ian Dellar in 2002. Every Saturday morning regardless of the weather, for about 6 years I would get up early and off to class I'ld go. I was taught to use a tea kettle to make hats, Ian's ways of teaching to say the least was somewhat "Turner Classic". But you learned the correct way to dye, sew and block by hand. THANK YOU MR. IAN DELLAR. As my first test of millinery, Ian and I entered my hat "Purple Passion" in the Kentucky Derby Museum Contest. To my surprise it was honored to be on display for an entire year!!! That's when I realized that I had a calling for this time honored craft. I also entered yet again another creation "Just Flashee" in this years 2011 Kentucky Derby Contest and what do you know, here I am yet again STILL REPRESENTING...The Quality you will come to know as Good Fridia!