Truro milliner's designs to feature in Hollywood movie

Falmouth Packet: Holly Young wearing one of her designs Holly Young wearing one of her designs

Hats created by up and coming Truro-based milliner Holly Young will be making an appearance in a Hollywood movie.

Holly, whose business is based in Princes House, received the order to design and make 30 hats for an Ascot scene in a Warner Brothers film. The Secret Service is being made by British producer Matthew Vaughn, whose films include X Men First Class, Kick Ass and Layer Cake.

The costume designer is Arianne Phillips who has styled Madonna and Justin Timberlake. The cast is rumoured to include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson.

Holly said: “I was so surprised and pleased to have been asked. They wanted to hire 30 hats in two weeks and I only had 20 so I made some extra ones pretty quickly. I will get them all back afterwards and they will be available for customers to hire from me this spring. “They are all my original designs and I had freedom when making them how I wanted, they just stipulated the colours to go with the outfits. The production company found out about me through a former Falmouth University fashion student who is now working on the production. I lent the university my hats to help style a show a few years ago."

This summer Holly worked with well known milliner Jane Taylor making hats for Ascot and Harrods and her hats also featured in the first window display of the recently opened Bristol shop – UK Milliners’ Guild. And she made two animal masks for a charity ball held at Lancaster House which raised £500,000 for the Elephant Family – the charity run by Mark Shand, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall. Holly also met the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall at the Duchy Nurseries for the 40th anniversary of the Cornwall Crafts Association, where they both complimented her on her work and achievements.

Her business, established in 2010, was triggered by Holly’s experience with the ESF Convergence Skills Funding Agency co-financed Empowering Smart Women and their business enterprise programme, together with the Princes Trust support.

Holly has been able to take on extra work partly because of Natalie Richards who was employed by Holly under the DWP/Jobcentre Plus Wage Incentive scheme. This has helped her with the sudden business growth which was kick started by making a hat for one of the hosts for the Queen’s luncheon on a summer visit to Cornwall.

She is currently looking for funding to attend trade shows in London and Paris or an investor for her rapidly growing business.


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