I am a milliner and a maker with an intense passion and pride for crafts, a sensualist feel for fabrics and forms with a meticulous and prophetic eye for details and trends.
After growing up in a cute little town between the majesty of Rome and serenity of Tuscany my background in fashion and costume design brought me to the UK to complete and perfect my studies where I discovered and fall in love with the world of millinery.
While studying for the prestigious HNC from Kensington And Chelsea College I worked for textile artist and filmmaker Emily McMehen where I discovered a passion for textile art, fabric manipulation and large props.
After graduating in 2013, I have worked and learned from the best British milliners including Philp Treacy and Piers Atkinson and progressed into theatrical millinery, managing the studio at Rizvi Millinery TheHattrix working on award-winning, global productions.
I have set up my own studio in 2017, where I create props and millinery for shows, fashion editorials, music videos, film productions, and windows displays for various clients, including Katy Perry, Selfridges, LadBible and Cancer Research UK, to name a few.
I received a QEST scholarship award at the end of 2021, and I am now working towards establishing my own fashion-forward millinery and accessories brand.
I am always looking to collaborate with artists, crafters and designers from all disciplines and walks of life. I am especially interested in collaborating with people from the queer community, so if you fancy making some magic together, hook me up!
Piers Atkinson, Milliner
"Virna has successfully assisted me in a variety of roles from hand-finishing work, to her expertise in hand-blocking and finishing hats. Virna also excels in sampling and trialling new ideas which have gone on to become key design elements in my collections."
Carolina Mizrahi, Art Director
Virna has an incredible eye for detail, perfect work ethics and aesthetic.
Karen Williams, Artist
"I spent a wonderful day with Virna she is very talented and extremely passionate about her craft, her studio was very welcoming and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I learnt lots of new things at the workshop which has really helped me to improve my headdress and millinery skills."