WHEN the Riverina Millinery Association opened online registrations for the International Millinery Forum this week, their website crashed.
“The ticketing company probably thought Wagga was a little country town hosting a small craft fair. Well, we’re not, this is an international event,” the association’s president, Rose Organ, said.
“It was bedlam for us for a while, but it’s also a great compliment that so many people wanted to register.
“We didn’t expect it at all.”
The forum – held in early July – brings some of the best millinery minds to Wagga.
Organisers expect more than 130 delegates to attend each day for sold-out sessions with well-known international tutors Ian Bennett, Sophie Beale, Jane Fryers, Emma Yeo and Biliana Borissova.
There are still enrollments available for sessions with seven more Australian tutors.
“Millinery really is a type of art,” Ms Organ said.
“Once you get into millinery, you can’t stop.
Ms Organ said the workshops would build on milliners’ existing skills.
“They enroll to expand on their skills and attain higher levels of knowledge,” she said.
“We’re really bringing all those skill sets under one roof.”
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