Hello & Welcome...

Hello and welcome to Kay's Art of Millinery website and designer page. This website is one of four I am attempting to connect together. The products are from Hats of Distinction, Buckram Hat Frames, and FOSSHAPE (R) Hat Frames.


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 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. They 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 was the designer for a line of makeup 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 as well as hat-making classes. I was also honored to be a friend to and worked with Marilyn Bradford creator of the Forty Plus Modeling Troupe (She passed a few weeks ago). RIP Marilyn.    

Since moving south I was chosen by Jet magazine as a designer of the month. I am also 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@im.com or telephone 318-792-5757.  Thank you for visiting the site and have a great day. 


Kay Durden




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