Photo by Charles Buencosejo
Portrait by Charles Buencosejo

British trained milliner Mich Dulce creates contemporary hats and headpieces with wholly sustainable, socially enterprising and ethical Philippine raw materials combined with traditional European millinery techniques. Following training at Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, the Fashion Institute of Technology New York, and Ecole Lesage, Mich was named as the British Council’s 2010 International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year and has since been working on her line of contemporary millinery which she showcases at London and Paris Fashion Week. Mich has worked with Marjan Pejoski, Jessica Ogden, KTZ, and most recently Maison Michel Paris.

With each passing season, as her collections become more comprehensive, continually pushing the boundaries of what her brand is known for, Mich Dulce is establishing herself firmly as the milliner to watch right now. Each collection surprises with new applications of trademark techniques and re-interpretations of the way traditional textiles can be relevant and innovative. Dulce says “It isn’t enough to just make pretty things. The fabric and craft employed in making my hats are an essential part of my work and showcase the heritage, history and traditions of Filipino craftsmanship. I want to show this to the world whilst remaining creatively engaging”.

The Mich Dulce label was first sold globally in 2009 and has since been stocked in Tokyo, London, Paris, Milan, Florence, Bangkok, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Manila, Melbourne, and New York. Prominent personalities have worn her creations, like Anna Dello Russo, Lady Gaga, Adam Ant, Leighton Meester, and Georgia May Jagger to name a few. Alongside her seasonal ready to wear collections, she continues to create bespoke millinery, corsets and bridal wear.