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What do you call a female maker of women’s fashionable attire? A modiste (or moh-deest) of course dear. And if you were to meet Brianna Minuzzo, founder of Moh Deest Millinery, you would agree that she is the impeccable personification of her brand. Brianna answered the door surrounded in soft exhales of French perfume, dressed in a sunshine yellow dress pricked with white polka dots. She was fashionably attired, with an imprint of uniqueness, qualities which are indelibly woven into her millinery. Evidence of Brianna’s trade is sprinkled everywhere. Timber hat blocks, spools of ribbon, layers of sinamay. A veritable cottage of creativity, which has not only produced Minuzzo’s latest Spring Collection but is also space from which she will craft her next innovation. Brianna is one of seventy milliners from around the world to have been invited to submit a headpiece into the Kennedy Oaks Day Myer Millinery Competition. She was afforded the same honour last year, with her stunning entry making the top twenty. Her creations are renowned for their bespoke quality, with an extraordinary eye for detail, evidenced in each piece. They are fully lined, hand-stitched and designed for comfort and stability. From where did Brianna learn her trade? Her creative lean was first shaped by a diploma in Commercial Arts and Interior Design, where she uses elements learnt about “line, proportion, shape, texture and colour [to] apply to my hats daily.”

However, Brianna points out, “I owe all of my Millinery knowledge and skills to Waltraud Reiner. She is Austrian born, and an incredible teacher who did her internship in London. Everything she makes is poured out from her heart.” Brianna has been training with Reiner over the last three years during annual summer schools held in Melbourne, again, on an invite-only basis. “I have become part of an extraordinary family and am lucky to be able to call-on my teacher whenever I need guidance.” So in the mix of her exclusive invitations into the upper echelons of her craft, along with her handiwork making regular placings at elite Fashionson-the-Field events, what, in Brianna’s opinion, makes for a distinguished milliner? “Quality, originality and finesse are what makes a great milliner. Which one day, I hope to be.” Interesting that. When pronounced with a particular rolling emphasis on the vowels, Moh Deest sounds uncannily like ‘modest,’ too. Moh Deest Millinery www.facebook.com/mohdeest https://mohdeest.com mohdeest@gmail.com

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DUO Issue 156 November | December 2019  

DUO. The Magazine of the North DUO is an elegant, intelligent publication highlighting style, home, fashion, food, travel, culture and exclu...

DUO Issue 156 November | December 2019  

DUO. The Magazine of the North DUO is an elegant, intelligent publication highlighting style, home, fashion, food, travel, culture and exclu...