Pea Cooper is a Scottish born and based Milliner. As one of the very few fully trained Milliners in Scotland, Pea’s hats are in demand the world over. Pea studied millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London under the watchful eyes of mighty British Milliners Kirsten Scott, Jane Smith and Ian Bennett. Fluent in all aspects of millinery including fashion, theatrical, bridal, block making and illustration, Pea’s training puts her head and shoulders above any self-taught maker. After graduating in 2006 Pea moved to Melbourne and became assistant to Richard Nylon, Australia’s top milliner. Making hats for Melbourne Fashion Week and racing events like the Gold Cup helped her hone her craft.
On returning to Scotland Pea set up her own business designing and making hats for both the bespoke and commercial markets. She also frequently collaborates with other businesses. Previous collaborations have included the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ecua Andino (an Ecuadorian firm that make Panama hats) and Harris Tweed, which resulted in Pea’s hats forming part of a permanent display on the island of Harris that celebrates the world famous fabric.
Pea’s ‘Quirky but Wearable’ hats reflect her own penchant for vintage style. She describes her work as a combination of traditional craft, sculpture and engineering! Her hats have graced the pages of many worldwide publications including British, Russian and Turkish Vogue and her work has been showcased in exhibitions throughout Britain.
As well as running her own brand Pea runs hat making workshops throughout schools and museums in Scotland passing on her skills and knowledge in a bid to keep traditional craft alive and inspire children and young people to get involved in The Arts.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
– Royal Caledonian Scholarship
– Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Fund for Art
– International Milliner of the Year Nominee
– Starter for 6 Awardee
– Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year Nominee
– St.Andrews University Business Voucher Awardee
– Fashion Foundry Business Incubator Participant
– Inches Carr Awardee for Traditional Craft in Scotland
– New Start Growth Fund Renfrewshire Council
– InCube Business Incubator Participant
– CapitB Trust Awardee