Claire Barnier is the creative mind (and hard-working hands) behind Cherry Pie Millinery. It is her business, passion and a great source of joy!
Claire has always had a love of beautiful things and been fascinated by the level of dedication, love and craftsmanship that goes into creating them. This passion and curiosity lead her to dive into the time-honoured art of millinery, where the only limit is your imagination: even gravity can be defied…
Originally Cherry Pie Accessories, then Cherry Pie Millinery, the style, name and creations of Cherry Pie Designs have evolved over the years as Claire expanded her creative knowledge and love of fashion that is a bit left of centre by studying Millinery (the art of making headwear) and exploring different materials and techniques. She will probably never stop exploring, learning and experimenting - after all, the world of fashion and textiles is always evolving and expanding!
Based in beautiful Melbourne, the heart and soul of the Spring Racing carnival, the fashion capitol of Australia and boasting large creative and alternative communities - there is no shortage of inspiration!
Claire often gets asked 'why Millinery?'
Well firstly, why not Millinery? The perfect headwear completes and compliments an outfit and leaves the wearer feeling simply fabulous. The possibilities are endless - particularly as newer materials and techniques develop that make increasingly jaw-dropping styles possible, which can also be incorporated into other pieces, not exclusively headwear. Headwear can mean anything from something stylish and fabulous to keep the sun off or keep the head warm to a piece that would not be out of place in a gallery and styles are as broad ranging as individual taste and desire - hence the line: Who do You want to be Today?
Claire's love of Millinery and creating beautiful things has enabled her to meet wonderful people at markets and further on to fashion events, photo shoots and collaborations with other designers including a recent collaboration with Von Chibi at the Melbourne Alternative Designer's Showcase, shown in the image above.
What's next for Cherry Pie Millinery?
Keep an eye out here for new event details and images and follow Cherry Pie Millinery on Facebook and instagram and you will see! Or stop by my Blog
Online store coming soon!