Former Kensington and Chelsea College Millinery alumnus Justin Smith has been turning heads with his latest project transforming Hollywood starlet Angelina Jolie into one of Disney’s most notorious characters.

The gifted milliner, who studied on Kensington and Chelsea College’s internationally renowned HNC Millinery course, helped create the striking headpiece adorned with black horns, which brought to life the character of Maleficent played by Jolie.

Praising the attention grabbing design Jolie said: “Justin Smith is an amazing artist… he sculpted the head wraps to be strong, unique and iconic.” The stunning headpiece, worn by Jolie throughout the film, has been grabbing attention all over the world as it appears on advertising to promote the film globally.

Smith created six different headpieces for the film that corresponded with the seasons and specific scenes.
Speaking about his time at Kensington and Chelsea College, Smith added: “Kensington and Chelsea was an important part of my learning the art and craft of millinery and all its traditions, a stepping stone to help me develop and grow my signature style”

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Millinery Department enjoys an international reputation for excellence and has nurtured the talents of many gifted milliners including Gina Foster, whose designs have been worn by the Royal Family; and Margaret O’Conner, who was recently thrown into the spotlight when Lady Gaga wore one of her hats.

The College is also running a range of masterclasses and short intensive summer school courses from 1 day to 2 weeks in a range of subjects including Millinery and Fashion. These include Beginners Millinery to  masterclasses with Ian Bennett on how to dye, cut, assemble and attach feathers to your hats, to create stunning, individual trimmings. To find out more visit:

Address: Kensington and Chelsea College, Wornington Road, W10 5QQ

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