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About Maree Starkey


Maree Starkey milliner in her hat studio in Newport Queensland

Maree has had a lifelong passion for design in all forms. She rediscovered a love for millinery when she couldn't find the perfect hat one Melbourne Cup and decided to make it herself, harnessing creativity she’d put to work designing and making wedding dresses, evening wear and clothing for herself and her children for many years.

Prior to refining my milliner craft, I have made wedding couture and evening wear, children's clothes, corporate wear and even dabbled in interior design. Finally, I have decided to do something with that passion and have begun making race hats, fascinators and bespoke headpieces.

I take great pride in all my creations. Everything is handcrafted by myself using only quality fabrics and materials, sourcing vintage items whenever I can. I get enormous pleasure seeing my creations come to life, whether it is a fantastic hat or fascinator for the races, a fabulous headpiece for a bride, or a smaller hat for a cocktail party.

Everyone deserves to feel special and I hope all of my clients get as much pleasure wearing my Dezignz as I do making them.

Because I make every piece myself, everyone is different, you will never see the same thing on anyone else as every piece is 'one-of-a-kind'.

Racing scene

I am located on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula (30 minutes from Brisbane CBD). You will find me often at major Brisbane Racing Club events at Doomben Racecourse. During the carnival seasons my designs can be seen in the wonderful Fashions On The Field showcases and I am very open to helping you perfect your millinery style for such an event. Contact me, I would love to chat.

Bridal milliner

From my time creating bridal couture, my passion has not strayed far from the delicate nature of bridal style. As a milliner nothing gives me more pleasure than working with a bride to create an exquisite headpiece. Again, contact me, I would love to handcraft a bespoke headpiece for you.