Virna Pasquinelli


I am a milliner and maker with an intense passion and pride for crafts, a sensualist feel for fabrics and forms, and a meticulous and prophetic eye for details and trends. After growing up in a cute little town between the majesty of Rome and the serenity of Tuscany, my background in fashion and costume design brought me to the UK to complete and perfect my studies, where I discovered and fell in love with the world of millinery. While studying for the prestigious HNC from Kensington And Chelsea College, I worked for textile artist and filmmaker Emily McMehen. I discovered a passion for textile art, fabric manipulation and large props. ​​After graduating in 2013, I have worked and learned from the best British milliners, including Philp Treacy and Piers Atkinson and progressed into theatrical millinery, managing the studio at Rizvi Millinery TheHattrix, working on award-winning, global productions. I have set up my own studio in 2017, where I create props and millinery for shows, fashion editorials, music videos, film productions, and windows displays for various clients, including Katy Perry, Selfridges, LadBible and Cancer Research UK, to name a few. I received a QEST award at the end of 2021, and I am now working towards establishing my own fashion-forward millinery and accessories brand from my lovely studio in Cranleigh where I also run millinery workshops for groups or individuals.