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Charo Iglesias

Charo Iglesias Milliner
Spanish, French
By appointment only
+34 609119734
© Tanya Lacey Photography

The finishing touch

  • • Charo works to preserve the craft of hat making
  • • She has made hats for theatrical productions including The Lion King
  • • She creates mainly for women, but also makes hats for men and children

Charo Iglesias is a maker, but also a keeper of the art of hat making. Trained as a teacher, she went on to transform her passion for hats into a profession without forgetting her background. These days she makes hats in her Madrid workshop and teaches in different schools, as well as writing a book about her 25 years’ experience. Her mantra is “crafts choose those who can make them happen”. She doesn't start by sketching; instead the hat comes to life in her mind and through her hands, which are her main tools. Her workshop is where ideas, colours, dreams and materials come together to create something that is not just an accessory but a beautiful finishing touch to an outfit.

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  • © Tanya Lacey Photography
  • © Tanya Lacey Photography
  • © Tanya Lacey Photography
  • © Tanya Lacey Photography
  • © Tanya Lacey Photography
Photo: © Tanya Lacey Photography

Charo created this cloche hat from blue felt that she glued and shaped in a double wing mould. She adorned the hat with hand sewn green cotton grosgrain tape as well as a narrow strip of velvet tape.

Length 26 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 15 cm

Photo: © Tanya Lacey Photography

Charo created this purple peach basket hat from rabbit felt that she shaped using a wooden mould. The edge of the hat was then ironed by hand to create its final form, and hand sewn. She decorated the hat with cotton velvet, draped to create a wave-like form.

Length 36 cm
Width 36 cm
Height 19 cm

Photo: © Tanya Lacey Photography

This wide brimmed hat was entirely handmade using dyed wheat. The hat was ironed into its final form and finished with wire and a hand seamed edge. Charo created the form of a flying bird using dyed and cut feathers which she glued together and sewed to a hand stitched bird's head.

Length 43 cm
Width 35 cm
Height 20 cm

Photo: © Tanya Lacey Photography

This dyed straw hat was entirely handmade. Charo ironed the form into its final shape and hand sewed the edge. Hand dyed and ironed silk flowers and organza leaves were added to the underside of the hat, which is worn tilted to one side.

Length 42 cm
Width 42 cm
Height 20 cm

Photo: © Tanya Lacey Photography

Charo made this hat using dyed wheat straw, ironing it into its final form and hand seaming the edges. Pink flowers made from dyed and ironed silk were added to the top, accompanied by large dyed pink goose feathers.

Length 53 cm
Width 45 cm
Height 27 cm

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Explore Madrid’s craft culture where natural materials take centre stage. This buzzing capital city will tell you a new story of Spain’s natural beauty through contemporary interpretations of traditional, locally sourced or ancestral materials and techniques.

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