Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fashion Focus Chicago Presents Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event 3 December 2009

Please join us for a day of holiday shopping featuring local Chicago designers!

The event will take place on December 3 from 11 am - 8 pm in the magnificent Preston Bradley Hall located on the 3rd floor of the Chicago Cultural Center at 76 E Washington St, Chicago, IL. Admission to the event and views of the Tiffany-domed ceiling are free.

"Tam-ing of the Shrew" on Cindy Taylor, Ford Models Chicago
Photographer: David Anthony
Makeup/Hair: Rachael Kraaz Perrin with Artists By Timothy Priano
Styling: Mary-Alice Wilson with Agency Galatea

Postponed: Music & Fashion Breast Cancer Charity Event 12 December 2009!

STAY TUNED...event postponed due to bad weather...

The fight against breast cancer continues long past October.
Smooth Like Butta presents

“Hope For The Holidays”, a celebration of the holiday season
at Chicago’s world famous Music Garage. This fashion event will feature the unique talents of local designers tonya gross millinery and Pilar Reed, beauty by Olya Kornikova and Dana Spence, and soundscapes by Music Garage residents Mr. Doc and Monologic.

Proceeds from this event will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to provide access to free and low-cost mammograms for those with limited resources.

December 12, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fashion Focus Cafe: An Evening of Accessories Thursday, 17 Sep, 5-8pm

Join us this Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center!

tonya gross millinery interrogated. still interesting?

read the interview on interrogating the interesting on defining millinery with local chicago artist tonya gross

Monday, August 17, 2009 has been relaunched!

Apologies for the inconvenience while we upgraded our site, Exciting, more navigable and new e-commerce component is working but we have more to add!

We will continue to update this blog, tonyagmillinery on Twitter and tonyagrossmillinery on Facebook. Questions? Want to collaborate? email us on

Thank you!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2009 Fashion Focus Chicago Sale & Runway Show featuring tonya gross millinery

Join us again this year for our favorite summer event!
Fashion Focus Chicago (aka Chicago Sidewalk Sale & Fashion Show)
Tuesday & Wednesday, 21 & 22 July
under the Picasso sculpture @ Daley Plaza
chicago, il
local clothing, jewelry and head wear designers in 10 x 10 booths!
fashion show @ noon on both days

special booth guest: tonya's mom!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Upcoming event

We are pleased to announce that we will participate again this year in the City of Chicago Sidewalk Sale & Fashion Show at Daley Plaza. We look forward to seeing you all on 21-22 July 2009 at this fun event with the Mayor's Fashion Council!

9am-3pm, runway show both days at noon!
Details to come!


Just posting a couple of photos from the UIUC fashion show!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Casting Female Models for Photo Shoot 10 July, 2009

Can you rock this hat?

I am a Chicago-based hat designer, casting female models for a photo shoot to take place on Friday, 10 July, 2009 and possibly Saturday, 11 July, 2009. The photographer and I are planning this shoot to take place in the studio and on location in Elgin, IL. While we are professionals in our respective fields, this is a portfolio-building shoot for all of us. You will receive professional photographs for your portfolio and our undying gratitude as compensation.


tonya gross millinery

Monday, April 20, 2009

milliner for hire

Dear Millinery Friends and Fashion Designers,

I am an award winning milliner based in Chicago seeking opportunities in millinery as a contract milliner or hired hand. I love Chicago but growing frustrated by the limited opportunities to learn and grow as a milliner here. I am living my dream as an artist and small business owner and am willing to relocate just about anywhere for the right opportunity! Let's make beautiful accessories together!

I have trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago fashion and fiber departments, most notably with milliner Eia Radosavljevic; an internship with the innovative Redmoon Theatre Company in the build shop and in the costume department; and designing for several years as tonya gross millinery. I am happy to provide a CV, photos and references at your request. I also refer you to my website: for photos of some of my most recent work. Thank you!

Friday, April 10, 2009

We heard that the UIUC RUNWAY show at Krannert Art Museum went well. TGM did not attend but the hats did! We are anxious to see how the photos have come out but so far, radio silence from the RUNWAY folks. We'll have an update soon...

Monday, March 30, 2009

EXIT Chicago this Friday, April 3!

Our dear friend/bar wench at Exit is celebrating GRAD SCHOOL and, unfortune. Help us raise funds to pack her on her way! Bring your change! Happy Financial Demise, TT!

tonya gross millinery spring 2009 on the runway this weekend!

tonya gross millinery will be the featuring looks for the Lara Miller fall 2009 and Tatyana Merenyuk spring 2009 runway shows at the UIUC Krannert Art Museum this Saturday. Lara and Tatyana are showing beautiful work and honored to be a part of this show!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mrs Ann Albrizio: Millinery has lost it's matriarch

We learned from Ellen Christine Millinery yesterday that the matriarch of millinery, Ann Albrizio, had passed on 23 March 2009. We have no details about her funeral but thank Ellen for posting the following details:

Gleason's Funeral Home
Whiteside, NY

Ann Albrizio was a legendary milliner, a maven of the industry for more than 50 years.

She started in millinery making turbans at the age of 15. In the 60's and 70's, Mrs Albrizio was the stakeholder for millinery when fashion substituted berets for beehives. As an FIT instructor, Mrs Albrizio shaped many talented designers (Eric Javits and my mentor, Eia Radosavljevic). Through her book, Classic Millinery Techniques, the bible for many milliners like myself, her generosity and talent will live on. Thank you, thank you, Ann Albrizio.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pure Euphoria: The RUNWAY Show featuring tonya gross millinery

We are pleased to announce we will be on the runway with Lara Miller, Tatyana Merenyuk, Tel Aviv Couture, Annie Ku and Julie Adams for the University of IL at Champaign RUNWAY show, Pure Euphoria, on Saturday, 4 April at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.

I am creating new work for the Lara Miller and the Tatyana Merenyuk fall collections. Exploring new materials and LOVING the opportunity to create work for the runway! Photos of these looks and from the show will be posted to our website:

Best to you all, tgm

Monday, March 16, 2009

hats for cancer patients

so, my vivacious grandmother, a 19 year breast cancer survivor, is now battling bone cancer. gram fought back the first time and came back strong, volunteering throughout western michigan to help other women through their disease.

i feel helpless. whatsa granddaughter/milliner to do?

make hats for cancer patients in gram's honor- soft and sassy.
just like gram.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thank you!

We had a blast at our head wear trunk show at Wolfbait & B-girls this weekend past! Thank you for coming out!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Time Out Chicago!

Time Out Chicago ad for our hat trunk show at Wolfbait & B-girls!

Spring 2009 Preview and previous season sale!
3131 W Logan Square Blvd
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

multiple personalities: a trunk show

tonya gross millinery and Lesley Timpe of Squasht by Les spring preview/past season trunk show & sale
where: Wolfbait & B-girls, 3131 W Logan Square Blvd, Chicago
when: Saturday, 28 February 2009, 11am- 4pm

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hatty Award!

Ehem, announcing our Hatty Award from Hat Life publishing! What an honor to be in this crowd! A full page feature about my work is here.

Thank you to clients, friends and family for your support. I could not do this without YOU! xx tg

Chicago Style Examiner article

"...Tonya Gross, a Chicago based designer who is making lavish couture hats for those who love fun, sexy, accessories..."

Thank you to Patty Johnson for her article featuring our work in the Chicago Style Examiner!

Monday, January 5, 2009

the new website is up!

a new year, a new website:
tonya gross millinery

or cut/paste into browser, the following:

monkey is off my back!

Friday, January 2, 2009

happy new year!

thank you all for a fantastic 2008!