"QUAINTRELLE - a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures."
                                                    Wikipedia 2017

Claire in the studio

Through her label "Quaintrelle", Claire offers a bespoke millinery service to clients, designing elegant and distinctive headwear ideal for special occasions. Each piece is made by Claire in her Yorkshire studio using couture millinery techniques.

Claire offers a design and/or making service for theatre/tv/film, with particular emphasis on ladies period designs.

Passionate about hats & their history, Claire also delivers millinery talks, demonstrations & workshops.


“Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner” launched in April 2010 

Claire’s studio is located on the estate of the beautiful Newby Hall, North Yorkshire  -  after seven happy years located at the King Street Workshops in Pateley Bridge.

Trained in BTEC HNC Millinery at Leeds College of Art & Design, Claire achieved a distinction in 2009

Claire holds a First Class hons degree in Fine Art and alongside her freelance millinery business enjoys work at York Theatre Royal Costume Hire, professional Life Modelling and Extras work in period productions.
Living North magazine, March 2017, King Street Workshops
Yorkshire Living Magazine, Aug 2016, Quaintrelle

Country Living magazine, Nov 2015, King Street Workshops
Yorkshire Post Magazine, Oct 5th 2013, Quaintrelle

Work in collaboration with Ruth Sturdy UK shown at NEC, Clothes Show Live 2013

Work in collaboration with Ruth Sturdy UK shown at The Great Yorkshire Show 2013
"Spectacular Hats", Castle Howard April 2013
"Redesigning Fashion", Hatworks, Stockport 2012/3
“The Finishing Touch”, Hatworks, Stockport 2011/2
“Presence”, Manor House Museum, Ilkley 2011/2
Work in collaboration with Maria Franco shown at ”In New Designers We Trust”, Meadowhall, Sheffield, 2011
“Not Any Old Hat”, Bankfield Museum, Halifax, 2010
“Decade Parade”, Hatworks, Stockport, 2010