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That Special Occasion

Original and Bespoke Hats, Fascinators, accessories and luxury gifts

The designer and creator
Debbie Munford’s creative journey started in early childhood when her happiest times were spent doodling on paper with coloured pencils. This was just the start of a fascination with colour and texture that developed into a career.

After studying art and design at York College of Art she then chose textile design and technology at Huddersfield University. After successfully achieving an associateship of the textile institute with distinction, winning sponsored competitions for woven fabric designs and winning the Courtaulds prize for best portfolio she was inspired to this path as a career.

Starting as a design assistant in a textile mill in Bradford, hard work and dedication along with a flair for colour meant a promotion to ladies wear designer, developing woven fabrics for high street stores such as marks and spencer and next, and bespoke fabrics for fashion icons Alexander Mc Queen and Patrick Cox.

15 years working in this fast moving creative field meant the development of vital skills such as working closely with customers, forecasting new trends and colours, developing fabric ranges and presenting these to the market.

Then for a change of scenery and a move to Cambridgeshire and a new career passing on knowledge to others.

15 years spent lecturing in Art and Design, Fashion, Textiles and Theatrical Costume and inspiring the creative futures of others.

With a love of manipulating fabrics, combining colours and creating unique designs, shapes and forms has led to the creation of That Special Occasion.

Combining traditional hat making techniques and fabrics with modern and classic printed fabrics and designs inspired by classic vintage glamour and style.

Working from in the creative space at Studio 8 at the Haddenham Gallery and Craft centre designs are created and developed from fabrics sourced in the UK.