Monday, December 24, 2012

Insight :: Chicago Creation: Kentucky Derby Hats From Tonya Gross Millinery :: Michigan Avenue Magazine

A profile of my business and my Kentucky Derby hat collection from earlier this year posted to Michigan Avenue Magazine: Insight :: Chicago Creation: Kentucky Derby Hats From Tonya Gross Millinery :: Michigan Avenue Magazine

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Chicago Hat Maker Kickstarter Project to Produce Collection for Zappo...

I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund my first collection for and the 2013 Emerging Designer Program!  My Kickstarter project ends on 11 January 2013.  Can you help?  Please visit my project site and/or sharing this link?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

you are cordially invited to a tgm hat trunk show on friday, 21 dec 2012

Chicago Clothing & Accessories Designers
A Trunk Show and Runway Event
at the Annual Holiday Tea at Palm Court, The Drake Hotel Chicago
Friday, 21 December, 2012, 12-5pm
Headwear by Sevigne Atelier and Tonya Gross Millinery, fine jewelry by Margaret Buckman and hand-made clothing by BB & Ida will be showcased during the Holiday Tea at 12:45pm, 2:30pm, and 4:15pm.
The designer trunk show will take place throughout the tea in the Drake Room and is free of charge.
Reservations for the Holiday Tea can be booked through Shaun Rajah of Palm Court Special Events at and on Open Table for $38 per person.
tonya gross millinery hats photographed by Karen Sheng at the Drake Hoteldesigner cindy kalnow of sevigne atelier with katie, agency galatea
hats by tonya gross millinery; make-up by Hayley Kassel and Heather Fredrickson; models Cullen, Vaughn, Sriram, and Laura. photo by Karen Sheng. Cindy Kalnow of Sevigne Atelier with Katie, Agency Galatea. photo by Kirsten Miccoli.

for more information about the Holiday Tea at the Drake, please contact:
for more information about the designers, please visit our websites:
Fine jewelry by Margaret Buckman,
Hand made clothing by BB & Ida,
Couture millinery by Sevigne Atelier,
Couture headwear by Tonya Gross Millinery,

Friday, October 19, 2012

TONYA GROSS MILLINERY Runway at the Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Drake Hotel Chicago

TONYA GROSS MILLINERY at the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Trunk Show at the Drake Hotel Chicago

19 Oct 2012, Chicago, IL- tonya gross millinery will present her fall and special event collection at the Drake Hotel Chicago at the Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party on Sunday, 28 October.
hats by tonya gross millinery and joy scott millinery. 
photo by beenish razavi.

"The Palm Court invites you to play a part in The Mad Hatter Tea Party. Share a cup of tea and conversation as you relax with family and friends at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. It's a time to catch up on the day's events, or plan your next day's outing as you enjoy a cup of tea and one of our delicious sandwiches or home made desserts.

Ladies are encouraged to wear their best summer bonnets, and prizes will be awarded for the most creative and original hats worn. The Red Queen and White Queen will be there to help with all of the festivities. The Cheshire cat will wear a grin, the Mad Hatter will serve tea, and the White Rabbit will be late...

Exclusive Tea Event features:

Informal Hat Fashion Showcase by Joy Scott Millinery, tonya gross millinery and Sevigne Atelier.

Tickets for this event are $36 each and reservations are required.

Contact Shaun at 312-932-4619/ for more information or to secure a reservation."

Invitation on Facebook

The MILLINERY TRUNK SHOW follows the event and will take place in the Drake Room from 5-7pm. Admission to the trunk show is FREE.

SHOP tonya gross millinery

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Upcoming Events- Fashion Focus Chicago 2012

tonya gross millinery will be participating in several trunk shows, runway events and other shenanigans for chicago's fashion focus this october.  stay tuned.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

tonya gross millinery exhibits at the Goodman Theatre 18-20 July 2012

7 July 2012- tonya gross millinery has been selected to exhibit her s/s 2012 collection at the Goodman Theatre on 18-20 July 2012.

tonya gross millinery is exhibiting in conjunction with the Goodman's production of CROWNS, a musical created and directed by award-winning actress and playwright, Regina Taylor.

Tonya says, "I am absolutely thrilled and thankful to the Goodman and Ms. Taylor.  They have gone out of their way to welcome Chicago milliners into the CROWNS family.  We all share a love of hats and the characters truly embrace the evocative, empowering and transformative nature of head wear.  This has been such a great experience and I cannot wait for opening night!"

The Goodman Theatre describes the production as a "jubilant musical [that] traces the roots of Gospel through contemporary hip hop, fusing rich storytelling with abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear."

The Goodman Theatre's production of CROWNS runs 30 June through 5 August.  tonya gross millinery will be exhibiting before and after each performance of CROWNS on 18-20 July 2012.

For more information, please visit the Goodman Theatre.

Regina Taylor in tonya gross millinery.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

tonya gross millinery at mercedes benz fashion week

tonya gross millinery has collaborated on head wear for the Pamella Roland Spring/Summer 2012 collection to be presented at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
The presentation will take place at the Lincoln Center Box on Monday, 12 September 2011 at 1:30pm.
The collection will be photographed by Nigel Barker.

tonya gross millinery and the RHONJ

Just watched my hats on the ladies of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  The "True Love, True Lies" episode was shot in part when the cast and crew were in Chicago shooting last summer for the civil ceremony of Caroline Manzo's brother Jaime and his partner Rich here. I was contacted to provide hats for the cast.  Seeing my hats on national television was completely surreal.  Everyone looked gorgeous.  Caroline Manzo's speech at the ceremony was lovely; so happy to hear others supporting the right for anyone and everyone to marry the person they love.  It is a really nice close-up of one of my hats too!
Caroline Manzo in tonya gross millinery

Thursday, March 22, 2012

138th Kentucky Derby- 2012 Events

It's hard to believe how quickly the year has flown by.

We are locking in the dates and preparing beautiful head wear to bring with us to Louisville for the 138th Kentucky Derby! We will be partnering again with Flo Gallery and the 21c Museum Hotel for pop-up shops in April and May. Stay tuned!