5-7 August 2018, NEC Birmingham

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MEET THE SPEAKERS: The millinery / occasionwear panel


Moda’s seminar programme is a highlight of the show, helping visitors to get ahead in business with the help of experts in their field. Over the next two weeks, Moda will introduce each speaker as part of its Meet the Speakers series, allowing buyers to prepare for the exhibition above and beyond the business of buying. Today we look ahead to the millinery and occasionwear panel discussion. 

Occasionwear is big business in spring. As most women pencil a wedding, garden party or day at the races into their calendar, their thoughts turn to the perfect dress and – increasingly – the perfect hat to go with it. 

Millinery has never been more in demand across the age demographics. Helped along by figures in the public eye such as Kate Middleton, dressing up is in vogue, and womenswear retailers everywhere are flexing their expertise to deliver the perfect fashion solution. 

Taking to the stage to discuss the looks of s/s 18, all-round styling and how to team each customer with the perfect dress and hat combination, our millinery panel are all set for a lively discussion. 

Liz Devine-Wright (pictured) has a perspective from both angles. The millinery expert has owned successful millinery boutique Simply Devine in Tadcaster for over ten years and, more recently, has branched out into her own-label hat collection, Simply Devine.

Liz will be joined by occasionwear specialist Joanna Edwards, who has also been a boutique-owner most of her life, as well as being a successful agent, representing labels including Paola Collection

Philip Wright will provide the input of one of the UK’s longest established millinery labels Boardman Bros. As the CEO of the company – which recently acquired hat label Alice Hannah – Philip is no stranger to designing and supplying hats that women fall in love with. 

Be part of the discussion and get inspired for s/s 18. The panel will be on stage on Monday 7 August at 15.30. 



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