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Ani Townsend Millinery & Milliners’ Guild


    I am a theatrical milliner and costume maker with over 15 years experience, having trained at Wimbledon School of Art.  I own and run in Broadmead, Bristol.  We stock high quality UK produced millinery and accessories as well as workshops and training.

    I specialise in period and unusual millinery and wire-work. I as well as running the shop and producing stock, I work freelance for theatre and film productions, having worked on projects such as Poldark (BBC), Lion King (Disney), Calamity Jane (UK Tour) and The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic Theatre). I also have experience as a costume supervisor, and have worked in this capacity for Welsh National Youth Opera.

    I was resident milliner at Welsh National Opera for eight years, creating hats and head-dresses for new productions and re-creating items for revivals. My experience during this time has covered such diverse projects as Seven Deadly Sins, Merry Widow and Otello.

    I have taught millinery, pattern cutting and wirework at undergraduate level at Coleg Morgannwg’s Costume Construction for Stage & Screen Foundation Degree, Wimbledon School of Art and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School . I run millinery workshops from Milliners’ Guild in various aspects of millinery. More details on the website

    I am a co-founder and the current Chair of the Bristol Art Fringe. BAF organised the Montpelier Art Trail, to great success, and multiple other art shows and exhibitions throughout the year.

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