Bespoke Millinery by Daniel Pilecki
... where imagination holds no bounds
Great Hat


Whilst studying Drama at university, Daniel forsook the influences of his happy but parochial upbringing, and metamorphosed into the flamboyant butterfly existence that has epitomised his adult years, and subsequently moved to London in the 80’s with a determination to make an impact.


Even at a tender age, as a remarkable boy soprano, he began to espouse the characteristics of a distant aristocratic Polish ancestry, with its emotional extravagance and chivalrous, reckless gallantry. Imbued with an appreciation of all things artistic, he would return from Sunday service and regale his family, over lunch, with critiques of the female congregation: their fashion excesses, their new finery, and especially, most memorably, their hats.


Endowed with a remarkable eye for detail, Daniel has, like so many great artists, found the perfect medium and milieu for his creativity. His steady evolution into a bespoke milliner has embraced working as a songwriter for the original ‘Singing Telegram Company’, public relations and marketing for a number of theatre productions, and more recently working as a Researcher and subsequently Location Director in London and Paris for the Japanese “Fashion Tsushin” TV programme.


Alongside work for Japanese television, Daniel has undertaken regular commissions to make performance art ‘props’. These include his stunning series of ‘Fruit Toupees’.


It was while pursuing TV journalism about internationally feted designers such as Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones that his eyes opened to the fascinating world of millinery, which he proceeded to study at ‘Kensington and Chelsea College’ under the tutelage of international milliner Noel Stewart.


When working on his unique creations, Daniel uses peachbloom felts, straws and sinamay, luxurious silks and satins, sumptuous velvets, leather and metal, antique lace and veiling, feathers and quills, beading and semi-precious stones. Some of his work features oriental pleating and folding techniques; an eye-catching fusion of East and West. Every piece of headwear is an individual, hand sewn work of art, to be loved and admired, worn and enjoyed.


An unshakeable belief that women should look beautiful in his pieces underpins each of his creations. Daniel approaches his commissions with passion, flair and originality, whether he is requested to evoke the glamour of a bygone age or to reflect modern style and fashion.

Great Hat