Third-generation milliner hopes to preserve practice

Wilmette-based designer Meg Musick Makely expanded her trade from leather making to millinery, and in the process, learned she was not the first in her family to design hats. (Allison Schatz/MEDILL)

By Allison Schatz
Medill Reports

For centuries, wearing a hat had been both a practical and aesthetic choice. But millinery saw a sharp decline in the 1960s for a variety of reasons, and for half a century, the trade largely died off. But recently a small group of master milliners have been teaching the art of millinery to others, hoping to preserve its artform. Meg Music Makely is one such person. Watch how she’s made a family history of hat making her own.

Allison Schatz is a Social Justice/Investigative reporter who covers mental health and social injustice at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @AllisonSchatz8.