Kate Brown Pernia came to millinery by way of the theatre and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the University of Virginia. Having sung and danced on Broadway, Kate turned from an acting career to focus on hats. While living in New York Kate earned a Certificate in Millinery from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied with Ann Albrizio. Her millinery work has been seen on stage at New York City Opera, on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall and regional theatres in Virginia, Alabama and Houston, Texas. As resident Milliner for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for two seasons, Kate was responsible for all hats and headwear for more than thirty actors in ten shows a year ranging from helmets and crowns in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and King Lear to pirates and Indians in Peter Pan and more elegant chapeaux in Lend Me a Tenor, The Rivals and Little Foxes. Kate's millinery work has also appeared in galleries in Los Angeles and Montgomery, Alabama as well as at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Mixed Bag Gallery and the Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake. Kate has also shown her work regularly with Houston Area Fiber Artists' fashion and gallery shows around Houston. She introduced her Katrinka pattern and kit line at the American Sewing Guild?s Sewing Odyssey and at the International Quilt Festival in 2004.
Kate designs custom hats and bridal pieces under her label Katrinka (a childhood nickname). She was a featured Designer showing a collection in Houston's 1997 Sickle Cell Fashion Benefit Let the Fashions Begin. Kate taught millinery at Houston Community College's award winning Fashion and Interior Design Department for ten years. She gave a Millinery Workshop for Costume Society of America's 2004 Houston National Conference and at USITT's Southwest Theater Conferences in Albuquerque, New Mexico and again in Fort Worth, Texas. Kate has also shown collections and taught workshops for Houston Area Fiber Artists and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Kate has offered specialty millinery workshops in her home studio and by invitation from sewing and fiber artist groups as well as Red Hat Society chapters. Kate was featured at the Texas Red Hat Society's Convergence in Galveston October 1, 2004 and had a popular booth at the International Quilt Festival in November 2004. Her hats have appeared in Jan/Feb 2006 and Jan/Feb 2007 issues of Belle Armoire Magazine. She is the Founder of Houston Hat Net, a millinery interest network she began in July 2000. Houston Hat Net creates occasions for Houston area hat lovers to wear hats and encourages the appreciation of fine millinery. Currently living in Europe, Kate is keeping an eye out for great hats and working on her book which she hopes to have available when she returns. Follow her travels at www.hatsbykatrinka.typepad.com
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