The FABULOUS Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher in “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” Wearing a hat made by one of the most fabulous Melbourne milliners, Mandy Murphy (who sadly passed away late last year).
This hat seriously makes me swoon. In my first year of millinery we had to do work experience with a milliner for a week. While everyone else in my class wanted to work with milliners who would win the racing hat awards (Racing & Hats is kind of a big deal in Melbourne) I wanted to work with a milliner who had traditional skills and made period hats. Despite my best efforts to harass her through every communication mode possible, I never did get to meet Mandy Murphy, or work with her. She made a good number of the hats for Miss Fisher (along with a milliner I did get to study with, Rose Hudson). She also made beautiful race hats, but to me, her genius lies within these exquisite period pieces.