LCI Melbourne Hosts the Melbourne International Millinery Competition 2021
LCI Melbourne Hosts the Melbourne International Millinery Competition 2021

Little Black Dress Theme Inspires Elegant, Theatrical and Glamorous Designs!

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February 16, 2021
This week, Australia’s renowned Melbourne International Millenary Competition returned in full swing for 2021 at LCI Melbourne’s Collingwood Campus! For this year’s theme Little Black Dress, the designers have created an assortment of elegant, theatrical and glamorous pieces.

The expert judging panel for the competition this year included LCI Melbourne Fashion Academic, Todd Anthony, Fashion-Couture and Theatrical Milliner, Lauren Ritchie and Millinery and Theatrical Costume Designer, Phillip Rhodes.

No stranger to all things glitter and glam, Todd Anthony says “I have been fortunate to have been a part of the judging panel for the MIMC for a number of years and each year there is always a piece that takes my breath away.”

“This year saw many interpretations of the same brief, all executed with amazing attention to detail, outstanding construction methods and above all creativity combined with innovation.”

Amongst the creations entered for this year’s competition “we had numerous head pieces pay homage to the traditional little black dress with inspiration taken from 1930 Hollywood to entries that created optical illusions through the use of materiality.” Todd says “one in particular fascinated me as its colouring and texture was not dissimilar to oil sitting on water. It was a very difficult yet enjoyable competition to adjudicate.”

This is the fifth annual MIMC, bringing milliners together from all over the globe for the event. All head pieces are presented on head blocks and the expert judging panel individually evaluates each submission on concept and construction.

Founder of the MIMC, Catherine Ellen, says for this year’s competition there were 80 hats submitted and “considering what the world is going through, we were overwhelmed with the number of entries this year.”

The winners have now been selected and will be announced prior to the exhibition! The magnificent creations will be showcased at the historic Labassa Mansion on Sunday, 21 February between 10.00am-4.15pm, you can purchase tickets for the exhibition here.

Header Image Credit | Kata Design

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