Sherry Richardson, a professional milliner, has lived and worked in the Barnsley area for most of her adult life. Her love of the South Yorkshre countryside has inspired her work, over the years. A talented designer in many areas, her passion for millinery was developed over twenty eight years ago and continues to this day. Her original designs are exceptional as is her talent for creating the original and unusual in hats and tiaras.
Sherry works with passion and her enthusiasm is infectious. She looks for the unusual and the original. Her work includes the design and production of a bold Egyptian tiara bought by The Tower of London Museum for the Education Department and exhibited at the Clothes Show Birmingham, before going to the London Museum.
Other designs include head pieces based on a harvest theme and these have been sold to outlets in the USA and Australia.
Sherry was invited by professional clothier, Fiona Greene, to design headwear to compliment her new womenswear collection. These were exhibited daily at the Great Yorkshire Show with four Catwalk Shows in the Skipton Building Pavilion. Her work from this Show can be seen in The Gallery on this web site.
In the Winter of 2018, the Beast from the East arrived in Yorkshire producing icy, lacey white forms in Sherry’s Garden which inspired Sherry to design a hat called “Winter’. This design was selected for the World Garden exhibition at London Hat week and displayed in 2019 at the Menier Gallery in London.
Sherry was also approached by celebrity Gok Wan who wanted to feature her headwear in his fashion shows “One size fits all“ showing in Sheffield November 2018 and Knutsford 2019. Catwalk images can be seen in the ‘Catwalk Hat Gallery’ on this site.
Sadly, the Pandemic put a stop to all public events and future bookings of such nature were cancelled or postponed.
When lockdown was lifted Sherry decided it was important to engage with people as much as possible launching a range of different workshops. She has a passion for passing on traditional skills, so they are not forgotten.
Importantly, she continues to design and produce headwear specialising in bespoke orders only.
In Autumn 2022 Sherry was approached by Bankfield Museum in Halifax who wanted to work with her being a Yorkshire Milliner. Working closely with the museum, the exhibition “A Hat for all Seasons” ran from March 2023 until the end of September. On the opening day Sherry ran both children and adult workshops, returning later to do her own talk revisiting several times.
Sherry is continuing to take her themes from nature and is particularly fond of vintage styles, adapting her ideas to match current fashion trends and looks forward to sharing her life’s professional journey through her new venture into public speaking, with a series of Talks and Workshops.
The article features Chamber Members, Sarah-Jane and Sherry sharing inspiring ‘Paths of Resilience and Reinvention’ – not to mention a reflection of their ‘true friendship’.