Anne Tomlin

Handmade Flowers & Bespoke Accessories


Anne graduated in 1983 from West Surrey College of Art (now part of UCA) with a first-class Honours degree in Textile Design, before studying Millinery at The London School of Fashion. She began designing and making hats in 1985 and started to make a name for herself in the fashion world.

Bailey Tomlin Label

By the end of the 80’s she had founded Bailey Tomlin with textile designer Bridget Bailey, and for nearly 20 years they made hats under their own label, as well as collections for many prestigious stores and designers; including Harrods, Liberty, Mulberry, Saks 5th Avenue and Mitsukoshi.

Anne Tomlin Label

Since then, Anne has been rediscovering her fascination with the natural world, and now makes bespoke accessories; handmade flowers and hair adornments inspired by the wild flowers (and bumble bees!) that surround her West Sussex home.


Millinery flower making: silk and velvet violets and pansies

Short course: Monday 16 – Thursday 19 October 2017
West Dean College

Discover how to make silk flowers using traditional French and Japanese methods to make a unique corsage, headpiece or brooch. Experiment with colour as you paint silk velvet and silk satin to make a bunch of violets and pansies with flower making tools, then embellish with hand embroidery and beads.

Make a leather chrysanthemum – millinery techniques – a taster day

One day: Saturday 20 January 2018
West Dean College

Learn to make a fine leather chrysanthemum lined in silk, using traditional heated tools and complete by making a leaf with an embossing technique.


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