Photography: Jamie Cowlishaw

Model: Jemima-Clare Wilson

MUA: Rosie Powers

Claire Spooner offers a millinery design and/or making service for theatre/tv/film, with particular emphasis on ladies period styles.

Recent productions include York Theatre Royal Pantomimes 2016-2019, Newbury Pantomime 2019, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre "Midsummer Night's Dream" 2019, York Theatre Royal "Hetty Feather" 2019", "Everything is Possible" 2018, "When We Are Married" 2016

Passionate about hats & their history, Claire also delivers millinery talks & demonstrations.


“Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner” launched in April 2010

Claire works on site or from her home studio in North Yorkshire

Trained in BTEC HNC Millinery at Leeds College of Art & Design, Claire achieved a distinction in 2009

Claire holds a First Class hons degree in Fine Art and alongside her freelance millinery business enjoys work at York Theatre Royal Costume Hire, professional Life Modelling and Extras work in period productions.


Living North

March 2017

King Street Workshops

Yorkshire Living

Aug 2016


Country Living

Nov 2015

King Street Workshops

Yorkshire Post Magazine

Oct 5th 2013



Work in collaboration with Ruth Sturdy UK shown at NEC, Clothes Show Live 2013

Youtube footage of Ruth Sturdy UK opening the Graduate Fashion Show at Clothes Show Live 2013

Work in collaboration with Ruth Sturdy UK shown at The Great Yorkshire Show 2013

"Spectacular Hats", Castle Howard April 2013

"Redesigning Fashion", Hatworks, Stockport 2012/3

“The Finishing Touch”, Hatworks, Stockport 2011/2

“Presence”, Manor House Museum, Ilkley 2011/2

“Not Any Old Hat”, Bankfield Museum, Halifax, 2010

“Decade Parade”, Hatworks, Stockport, 2010