Judy Bentinck

Milliner and Teacher

Judy Bentinck brings her extensive couture millinery skills to these popular classes.


A practising professional milliner for over 18 years, Judy loves passing on her expertise and passion for the craft. She is also a wonderful teacher: funny and warm, quick, instructive and patient, her love for her craft is infectious.


Judy is the author of "Designing and making hats and headpieces", which is now available on Amazon.

From theatre costume design to couture millinery

With a background in Textile design and an initial career in theatre costume design, Judy trained in the craft of millinery with Rose Cory, who was the Queen Mother's own milliner. With Rose she learned the secrets of traditional couture millinery, gaining an appreciation for true craftsmanship, well-balanced design and exquisite detailing.


With this expertise, Judy established her eponymous brand at Cockpit Arts studios in central London, where she has built a loyal and ever-increasing following since 2002. Clients include celebrities such as Clare Balding, Amanda Redman, and Jenny Agutter and members of the aristocracy. Countess Bathurst was resplendent at her inauguration as High Sherriff of Gloucestershire. See her hat and other client testimonials here.

Judy has also collaborated with fashion designers during London Fashion Week’s catwalk show, and PR companies to produce unique creations for Royal Ascot Ladies’ day.


Judy's design inspiration is all-embracing from natural forms through floral motifs, architecture, historical references to mythical tales and mathematics.


"Judy guides you every step of the way passing on traditional couture techniques and know-how. Her passion for millinery is simply infectious, and she builds your confidence to work on more pieces at home, and be bolder in design."

"The studio is an inspiring and fun environment to meet, and share ideas with like-minded students, and make new friends in the process."

"Judy instills quality - you'll never be able to look at a hat in the same way again!"

Lucinda (Brighton)


"I loved attending Judy's workshops. The classes are small so there is lots of individual attention, which means you can easily finish the goal set for the class."


"I loved the fascinator class so much I took it twice and each time came away with a totally professional looking piece that my friends couldn't believe I had made!"


"Judy has lots of good stories to tell and is very eager to pass on her knowledge, I really enjoyed her classes."

Deborah (London)


"Judy was wonderful, and a great source of knowledge. I loved learning this new skill."


"Judy was an absolute darling and a very attentive teacher. She provided so much info and gave away her little tricks. She was happy to answer all my queries. Excellent course - got more than I bargained for!"


"This experience was amazing and your teaching was wonderful!"



"Thank you for your kindness and patience! It was a wonderful and magical class for me!"

Ayumi (Japan)


"Thank you Judy for a wonderful and inspirational course. You are an amazing tutor, I'm really looking forward to doing another course with you."



"I have loved this course and will definitely be making more hats in the future!"



"Merci Judy pour une semaine merveilleuse, j'ai tellement appris, en m'amusant!"

Poldy (France)