Photography: Jamie Cowlishaw

Model: Jemima-Clare Wilson

MUA: Rosie Powers

Through her label "Quaintrelle", Claire offers a bespoke millinery service to clients, designing elegant and distinctive ladies headwear ideal for special occasions. Each piece is made by Claire in her Yorkshire studio using couture millinery techniques.

Claire offers a design and/or making service for theatre/tv/film, with particular emphasis on ladies period designs. Recent productions include York Theatre Royal Panto 2016 & 2017 and "When We Are Married" & "Everything is Possible", also YTR productions.

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

Inside the studio


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

Claire’s studio is located on the estate of the beautiful Newby Hall, North Yorkshire - after seven happy years located at the King Street Workshops in Pateley Bridge.

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.

Claire Spooner


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

Work in collaboration with Maria Franco shown at ”In New Designers We Trust”, Meadowhall, Sheffield, 2011

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

“Decade Parade”, Hatworks, Stockport, 2010