I am a skilled milliner and maker with a deep passion for crafts, an eye for fabrics and forms, and a meticulous attention to detail and trends.
Originally from a small town between Rome and Tuscany, my background in fashion and costume design brought me to the UK, where I fell in love with the world of millinery.
While studying for my prestigious HNC at Kensington and Chelsea College, I discovered a passion for textile art, fabric manipulation, and large props.
After graduating in 2013, I honed my skills under the tutelage of esteemed British milliners, including Philip Treacy, Jane Taylor and Piers Atkinson. I then transitioned into theatrical millinery, managing the studio at Rizvi Millinery TheHattrix and working on award-winning productions around the world.
In 2017, I set up my first studio and began freelancing while working on developing my own line of fetish-inspired headwear.
I specialize in creating bespoke millinery, props and set design for a diverse range of clients, including Selfridges, Joshua Kane, Noor Fares and Cancer Research UK, as well as for fashion editorials, music videos, and film productions. I have had the opportunity to work with prominent artists such as Katy Perry and StefflonDon.
My dedication and skills have earned me recognition, including a QEST scholarship award in 2021 and membership with the prestigious British Hat Guild.
Currently, I am focused on establishing my fashion-forward millinery and accessories brand. Whiles exploring new mediums such as metal, glass and paper.
I am always enthusiastic about collaborating with artists, crafters, and fashion designers from all backgrounds, with a particular interest in working with the queer community.
If you're interested in making some magic together, please don't hesitate to reach out.
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."