Hello & Welcome...

Hello and welcome to Kay's Art of Millinery website and designer page. This website is one of four websites. The products are from Hats of Distinction, Buckram Hat Frames, and FOSSHAPE (R) Hat Frames all products of the original website Kay's Art of Millinery.


Currently, I do not have a brick and mortar location, however, there was a time years ago when I was the proud owner of two stores.  Currently my products are primarily sold on this website and at conferences and conventions.


Those who have been following me a while now I have been making hats many years. Some know me because you purchased custom and ready made hats at my then California stores and later conferences and conventions. Others know me because you purchased buckram and FOSSHAPE® hat frames used to create your own unique hats. Others know me because of my past millinery classes and workshops. What I am saying is I have been around a while and have met many people interested in millinery the art of hat making.

Over the years people often asked how I became interested in the Art of Millinery. The answer is Princess Diana inspired me and my first hats consist of a bridal line. During those years I used store-bought hat frames. Since then I perfected my art and now create all the hat frames used for my designs, as well as those sold through the websites.

I consider all my hats millinery art because like any art piece each hat starts as a blank canvas. In this case, that canvas starts as a piece of buckram, hat body, or other material. Those materials are hand-blocked using one, two, and sometimes three wooden hat blocks. The hats are hand and machine sewn and all embellishments are sewn... not glued on.

During my early years, I worked in the studio of the then very popular California designer Bob Mackie and later spoke at events about the art of millinery. I worked with the Lupus Society and created a line of hats for their rendition of My Fair Lady fashion show. I am also the designer for a line of hats that were used to introduce a cosmetic makeup line for Isabel Sanford from the popular TV comedy The Jeffersons an American sitcom. I been honored numerous times and worked with many other designers and organizations throughout the years.

I started the first Compton California African American Chapter of the Red Hat Society about 2003 as well as hat-making classes at one of the community centers. I was also honored to be a friend to and worked with Marilyn Bradford creator of the Forty Plus Modeling Troupe who passed April 16, 2019. RIP Marilyn.    

Since moving south I was chosen by Jet magazine as a designer of the month. I am a member of the Red Hat Society and for several years presented mini hat making workshops at their conventions, and other venues throughout the United States.


I stand behind my products and look forward to earning your business. If you have other questions or comments do not hesitate to contact me kaydurdenusa@aim.com or telephone 318-792-5757.  Thank you for visiting the site and have a great day. 


Kay Durden




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