Glossary around the milliner: all the words you need to know to become an outstanding milliner!

The milliner's lexicon is very extensive and there are many words whose meaning you should not know. This article highlights the most commonly used words in hat’s field. 
  • Modist: A modist is a creator of unique hats that are made by hand thanks to the sensitivity and dexterity of the person who creates them.  
  • Hatter: This term refers to the hat manufacturer who uses an aluminum-based press to make his hats. They are therefore all identical and made in series. The difference with the milliner is that the hats are not hand-made, but industrially made. 
  • Pass: Part of the hat that surrounds the base of the cap, more commonly known as the "edge" of the hat. 
  • The cap: Central part of the hat, which fits over the head.
  • Primers: This is a product that hardens the raw material to give it a certain rigidity. Press hats are often more rigid while milliners work with materials in a more flexible and lightweight way.  
  • Plumper: Person who prepares and sells the feathers to fill our hats.  
  • The marotte: Head made of wood, fabric or felt used by milliners to try on hats and create around this base.   
  • A shape: wooden shapes used to mould the shape of a hat 
  • A conformer: An instrument used to enlarge a headgear, it is a rounded shape that is equipped with a screw to remove the entrance of the hat.  
  • A rooster: An egg-shaped iron that is heated and used to iron the material. 
  • Bibi: Small woman's hat that is placed on the front of the face.   
Now that you know the meanings of the most important words in the hat making world, you can read all our articles as a connoisseur! 

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