Finalist of Who is on Next? 2016
Born in 1984 and with a degree from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Ilaria Soncini moved to Berlin to begin her career as a costume designer. It was there that she discovered her passion for hats, and began making them from any type of material – old lampshades, umbrellas or cane chairs. After obtaining a master’s in fashion design she went to work for Milliner Fiona Bennett, and then for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Ilaria founded her own millinery brand in 2013. Ironic and striking, with a fascinating androgynous appeal. She collaborates with names such as Valentino, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli and with costumer designers like Franca Squarciapino and Luisa Spinatelli.