Over 30 years of research and professional millinery training have led to a successful second career as a teacher of millinery history, public speaker, and millinery consultant.  The current portfolio includes a series of interesting, educational and exciting lectures and dazzling vintage hat shows.  Topics include subjects such as Hat Styles Through the Decades, 125 years of Haute Couture Hats, History of Hat Making, Re-Styling and Restoration Techniques, Famous Milliners and Hat Designers, History of Ostrich Farms and the Feather Trade, A Tour through Victorian Era Parisian Millinery Salons, A Titanic Era Edwardian Hat Show, Hollywood Hats, Downton Abbey Hats, and  more.  An ever changing, dazzling display of rare antique or vintage hats accompanies every event.
Events can be hosted for corporations, museums, business associations, schools, fund raisers, charity events and historical societies, as well as custom shows for smaller groups of 15 or more. 
 As an example of the caliber of the presentations, my Southern California  show of vintage French Haute Couture and American hats from my private collection, was accepted to The Smithsonian Institute’s Art Walk calendar of events.    My most recent event was in conjunction with PBS SoCal, as their guest presenter, and held aboard the legendary ship The Queen Mary, as PBS celebrated the Spring 2014  “Downton Abbey” premier event weekend. 
Currently, I am the Millinery Historian In Residence at the Pasadena Museum of History in California.
 The theme of the lecture or display can be tailored to your specifications, or you may choose from the current list of themes.  We will be happy to work within your group or company’s budget to create a special event that is both affordable and memorable. 
Current for 2019
Titanic Era and Downton Abbey Hats Fashion Show 
Our newest antique hat shows for 2019 are very special.  We offer an afternoon of antique hats from the times of PBS’s Downton Abbey, or the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic.  Featuring a dazzling fashion show of genuine antique Edwardian Era and 1920s hats, each created by some of the most famous French and American milliners the past 100 years, both of these event will be offered for a very limited number of engagements.   Perfect for your group’s  Titanic Era Tea or Charity event!  If you love the Titanic Era, the 1920s Flapper era, and Downton Abbey hats, please contact us for more information.  
We are located in the Southern California/Los Angeles area, but some of our hat shows can travel to locations throughout the USA. 

Please contact Rue de la Paix at: for a list of current lectures and themes, and to arrange and reserve an upcoming show or lecture for your group.

I am currently accepting reservations and engagements for the 2018 and 2019 calendar of events.    We hope to have the opportunity to visit you and your group.

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