February’s Hat Attack is this alluring veiled headpiece by Milli Star , a hat brand created by milliner Laura Del  Villaggio, which is located in Austin, Texas.  I have an affinity for veils, and I love how this piece creates instant glamour, and can be paired with so many pieces from my collection that allow its mystery to be enhanced.

This ostrich feather vest, which was discovered at an estate sale, had been waiting for an outing.  The veiled headpiece was up to the challenge, and along with the estate sale rhinestone adorned long black gloves and vintage rhinestone jewelry, this ensemble was ready for a night out on the town.  


In 1999, I earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, while concurrently studying for a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies: Costume & Textiles. FIT’s prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for my millinery career. In addition, I have an extensive background in fashion and textiles, from apparel design to textile chemistry and conservation. I have worked as a vintage clothing store manager, fiber arts instructor, collections research associate, theater costume designer, and milliner. Milli Starr has been my full-time career since 2012 and I am proud to have built an award-winning hat brand with an international reputation….Milli Star website

Photos By Daniel

The Milli Star millinery atelier is brimming with antique and custom wooden hat blocks, silk flowers, feathers, and exquisite velvet and grosgrain ribbons. Two seasonal collections are made every year, plus numerous custom orders for clients around the world. If I ever land in Austin, Texas, Milli Star will be the first stop on my itinerary!

I want to thank everyone who commented on my most recent post about online bullying. I was brought to tears by your heartfelt, kind, and supportive words. Blogging is above all about connections and relationships, and I am very grateful for my followers and commenters. You make every post worthwhile!

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a FEBRUARY HAT ATTACK, and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through February 28th.

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  1. Absolutely stunning
    I have never worn hats and am quite envious of women who can pull them off.
    Always look forward to your posts
    Your style is incredible
    Love it

  2. Oh this is so wonderful, Judith. I wore a vintage black veil for my wedding paired with a vintage velvet half hat. I recently shared a few photos from my wedding day in a post on my anniversary. I will link that post here but I don’t think the headwear is all that visible in the photos.


  3. Elegance is your own special word. You had me with those jeweled gloves. Thank you for showing us how to do old Hollywood glamour. Judy

  4. What a glorious combination of textures you’re wearing, Judith. I’d say you can’t get better than that. But I know you always do, over and over again. Somehow. wow.

  5. You look fabulous. it’s a joy to look at these photos. You’ve inspired me to have another try at hat wearing (other than a bobble hat rammed on my head for a cold dog walk). It’s an art, I guess, but my goodness you’ve mastered it!

  6. So elegant and glamourous Judith! I love the veiled headpiece, and the ostrich feather vest is beautiful! I watched a TV programme last night about hat making in Luton (a town in the UK) and it was so fascinating seeing a group of people make different styles of hats with traditional tools and machinery.

    Emma xxx

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