Heather Stoten’s passion for millinery grew during the 1980’s when she studied in London under the tutelage of Rose Cory, couturier milliner to the late Queen Mother. In 1990, she launched her couture millinery atelier label ‘Heather Stoten’ and was soon selling her unique and refined hat coIlections to high-end department stores such as Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. This led to Heather being featured in Vogue magazine:
Another of Cory’s protégées is Heather Stoten …. Stoten excels at immaculate finish. Her studio is packed to capacity with compact headwear: a neat beret with precision pleating: a top hat with velvet bows delicately pressed on to the surface: for next season, a Dior inspired crescent of organza petals.
Having moved to New York In 1998, she collaborated with Rodney Gordon, a theatrical milliner who produced hats and accessories for several successful Broadway shows. Other exciting projects at this time included the creation of a hat collection for ABC’s soap opera “All my Children”.
Due to Heather’s mastery of diverse millinery techniques and the quality of her designs, she was also asked to work with acclaimed designers Catherine Walker and Philip Treacy (she provided assistance with his London and Paris fashion show collections in 1997 and 2001).
After having spent five years in Colorado developing her new “The Hat Workshop” venture, Heather returned to the U.K. in the spring of 2017.