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 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 a variety of clients including Katy Perry, Selfridges, LadBible and Cancer Research UK as well as developing my own brand of alternative- fetish inspired hats and accessories.
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."