Trained to the highest couture millinery standard, Holly Gaiman makes elegant and glamorous structural headpieces.
Holly Gaiman spent several years developing expertise as a milliner in London before moving to San Francisco and opening her studio in the heart of the Mission District where she stayed for three years. Gaiman’s millinery training prepared her with both traditional techniques of the British past with the couture finish and design standard of the top European milliners.
Gaiman initially developed an understanding of the exacting British millinery techniques under Rose Cory, former milliner to the Queen Mother. Gaiman then moved on to the highly regarded program at Kensington and Chelsea College in London. One of the few milliners to ever complete the multi-year advanced Higher National Diploma in Millinery and Fashion, Gaiman spent two years studying under millinery experts Sarah Cant and Kirsten Scott (née Woodward), former milliner to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. Gaiman also interned under a number of top London milliners such as Justin Smith, Karen Henriksen, and Victoria Grant at this time.
In 2011 Gaiman opened a studio at Candid Arts in Islington, London. That year she held her first international solo exhibition at Galerie KS21 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Gaiman also received more than 1400 votes to win the Public Vote of the highly contested Vogue, Stephen Jones, V&A Museum Talenthouse hat competition to find the top upcoming global millinery talent. In 2012 Gaiman relocated to San Francisco with her “glamorous, edgy and a little bit British” style of couture millinery.
Until 2015, her studio was located at Studio 17, an international community of working artists who were displaced from their studios. She relocated across the country to the Hudson Valley, where she now has a studio in Kingston, NY.
Holly Gaiman also works in the nonprofit world, fundraising and supporting good causes.