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Millinery is flourishing in our region. By Lisa Dukart Photographs by Jim Graham
    For one day at the Devon Horse Show, hats—not horses—are the main event. As a child growing up in Penn Valley, Pa., Tiffany Arey had attended the horse show with her mother. Years later, in 2011, she was determined to be part of Ladies Day, even taking time off from her corporate job so she could attend. “I’d always liked hats and fashion, even when I was younger,” she says. “A few months before they announced the Mad Hatter theme for the contest, I started making a hat to the best of my ability.”
Arey ended up winning her category that day at the Devon Horse Show. Spurred on by that early victory, she pursued millinery more seriously. “I started reading everything I could get my hands on, from old books on making hats to some newer books that are considered the bibles of the millinery world,” she says. “I scoured the internet for information and videos, and I just started practicing on my own.”
Arey would go on to win more awards in the com- ing years, taking advantage of sewing skills learned in school and from her grandmother. She founded Tiffany Arey Millinery in 2014 and is now a noted member of a local millinery community that’s small but robust. Throughout the Main Line and the Brandywine Valley, she and a handful of other arti- sans maintain its traditions while pushing boundar- ies. Every May and June, millinery is an essential component of the Radnor Hunt Races and the Devon Horse Show. It’s also part of the Willowdale Steeplechase and Point-to-Point at Winterthur, and it’s making headway in the bridal-wear sector.
In 2010, after two years in her native Serbia, Milica Schiavio returned to Philadelphia’s Main Line with a passion “to do something beautiful—something that makes you memorable,” she recalls. “I went to a craft supply store, and I started gluing and sewing.”
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