Katie Allen

Garner, NC | Exhibiting Since 2023

Taking inspiration from vintage aesthetic, with a nod to contemporary styling, milliner Katie Allen creates one of a kind fine hats and headpieces. Katie’s background includes a BA in Costume Design and Technology, as well as extensive work in regional theatre, independent film, and antique garment repair and reproduction. Prior to launching her millinery label, Lifted, Katie spent years constructing bespoke garments and accessories for private clients. Her love of theatricality and vintage materials have combined to bring a unique offering to North Carolina’s fashion scene.

Katie, a veteran of Theatrical Costume Design and Technology, began her transition from theatrical to fashion millinery, while creating bespoke pieces for private clients. She officially began her label, Lifted Millinery, in 2015 and brings her love of color and drama to the design table. In addition to her degree in Costume Design and Technology, Katie avidly pursues fashion history as a hobby and lovingly collects vintage and antique clothing, accessories, and materials; all of which influence her design choices.

Lifted Millinery pieces are handcrafted with traditional and contemporary millinery techniques, gathered over a lifetime of study in garment and accessory construction, in Katie’s studio in Garner, North Carolina. Limited edition, seasonal collections are released each year: Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. Bespoke orders are always welcome, and great care is taken to realize the client’s vision for the finished piece. Lifted Millinery has traveled the globe from Ireland, to Italy, to the Philippines and has been seen at various high profile events including The Kentucky Derby, Ireland’s Rose of Tralee Festival, and The Today Show coverage of The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.