Alumna creates hat for Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet collects CBE in Natalie Ellner hat. Image:

Kate Winslet collects CBE in Natalie Ellner hat. Image:

Actress Kate Winslet was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen recently, and chose to collect her CBE in a design by LCF alumna Natalie Ellner. Drawing comparisons to Katharine Hamnett’s Philip Treacy creation, Natalie’s magpie-inspired, feather hat perfectly complemented Kate’s Alexander McQueen skirt suit and classic courts.

Natalie has previously designed for Kate, creating a series of animal-themed headpieces for a private event attended by Kate and her family. Natalie hails from Cornwall, and animals, thanks to a deep love and fascination with the natural world, inspire many of her creations.

After graduating from the BA Costume, Make-up and Special Effects course (now 3 separate courses), Natalie worked at a private clinic, making prosthetic limbs for amputees for seven years. Much of the detail that can be found on her bespoke sculptural pieces is crafted in the high-quality silicone she used to make the amputees’ limbs.

Natalie’s work can be viewed on her website,, and many of her pieces can be bought online, priced from £120. Natalie also works on a commission basis, as well as offering mask workshops, which give others the opportunity to explore their creative side. Previous workshop clients have included The Old Vic Tunnels, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The City of London Play Day and Wilderness Festival. Natalie’s work also featured in i-D Magazine, worn by percussion-heavy band Badger Badger, and shot by Dan Burn Fonti.

A unique milliner and mask-maker, Natalie has been described by The Telegraph as a ‘precociously talented artist’.

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