VIDEO: Cynthia The Milliner

VIDEO: Cynthia The Milliner
Cynthia’s Centuries of Style

“I came to hats through my love of history, every time period has had some kind of head covering,” explained Cynthia Lundeen, milliner, Cynthia’s Centuries of Style. “My custom designed hats have won the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest twice. My hats have been on display at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and pictured on American Greetings cards,” she added.

One of her newest creations is a Princess Purse, a princess doll wearing a matching hat and full skirted dress that also opens as a purse for young girls. Lundeen creates hats and teaches workshops from her Cleveland Heights home studio. She learned how to custom design hats at the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. Lundeen always wears a hat, obviously enjoying her work at the intersection of history, art, and construction. Pointing to a large brimmed hat with broad netting and a feather, she said, “Hats are like people, some have big personalities and some are shy, more reserved.” For more information, visit

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