Deb Fanning is a young dynamic milliner from Dublin. Born in Rathfarnham, South Dublin, she grew up with a mother who was a “dab hand on the sewing machine”. Deb used to pester her Mum to show her how to use the machine to create her own clothes. Ever since then it has been an exciting journey encompassing her diverse interests. Beauty, or rather aesthetics has always been a central theme in her life. She enjoys making things beautiful and making beautiful things. She is now an expert in Wedding Millinery, from fascinators to hats to headpieces, veils and garlands. We asked for some of her insider, top-tips for both guests and couples, when it comes to choosing the right piece for that all important day:
How did you get into this line of work?
One Sunday I booked myself onto a basic one day millinery course in the Irish School of Millinery and I just loved it so much I never stopped!
What do you enjoy most about being a milliner?
I think a hat can make an outfit stand out and that’s what I wanted to create with this collection – something eye catching for the customer. A hat can make you feel so good and give you confidence. I want my clients to feel that way and I love making them feel that way when I create something special for them.
Do you notice a change in wedding styles and fashions over the last few years? What is popular now?
Yes I’ve noticed brides were big into crystal combs a few years ago – now they are far more into veils, flowers and flower crowns in their hair. The vintage look is big too – birdcage veiling for example.
How much time would a bride/wedding guest need to leave to order something bespoke?
As much time, as possible but even 4 – 6 weeks is time enough. Although I have had many brides in the past who have left their headpiece to the very last minute – 1 or 2 weeks before the wedding!
Any advice for brides wanting something a little different?
Gather lots of pictures on Pinterest or Google images of what styles, colours, fabrics etc that you think you might like, whether that be lace, beading, silk flowers – that gives your milliner a good starting point.
Also, have a picture of your dress and some fabric from your dress if possible.
What should people consider when shopping for a hat/headpiece?
Their dress/outfit, what way they will wear their hair, if they want a big or small hat. If you’re small you don’t want a huge hat and visa versa! What they will feel comfortable in too – if you feel more confident in a smaller hat/headpiece then you should stick with that.
Where can people see your collection?
Also debfanningmillinery.com and brides can email me to make an appointment to visit me at my new studio in Rathmines too!
Deb Fanning Millinery
In the Autumn of 2014 after much thought Deb decided to start her own label Deb Fanning Millinery. She then started selling her ready to wear pieces in The Loft Market in the famous Powerscourt Centre in Dublin City – home to many of Ireland’s now top designers when they started out.
Deb is mostly self-taught through experimenting with different millinery materials, fabrics and aesthetics. She enjoys the creative process immensely, from the first kernel of an idea to its manifestation in a headpiece or a hat, Deb finds it constantly stimulating and derives a great sense of satisfaction from the creative aspects of it.
Deb describes her designs as “Vintage Inspired with a Contemporary Edgy Twist”. Her style ebbs and flows from her inspirations: animals, nature, most especially the colours of nature, rainbows, the reds and purples of berries and of course the people she meets.