WEETWOOD is a milliner's favourite time of year.

It's the iconic race that brings Toowoomba's racing and fashion scene to the forefront.

For Johanna Guerin, it is all about the fashion.

 

HAT TRICKS: Toowoomba milliner Johanna Guerin is holding a millinery exhibition with Brisbane artisan Kylie Heagney in the lead up to Weetwood race day.
HAT TRICKS: Toowoomba milliner Johanna Guerin is holding a millinery exhibition with Brisbane artisan Kylie Heagney in the lead up to Weetwood race day. Kevin Farmer

The Toowoomba milliner is preparing for an exhibition starting this weekend at the Toowoomba Repertory Theatre.

Ms Guerin is hoping those who attend will be able to have a peak behind the curtain at what she calls a secret craft.

"We are usually squirreled away doing our own thing hidden away and not normally open to the public," she said.

"People are starting to uncover little secrets and discoveries."

Some of those discoveries will be on display this weekend.

One of the big things to look out for is Ms Guerin's gum leaf hat.

"I recently entered it into the London Hat Week," she said.

"The hat I took was inspired by my natural surroundings in Flagstone Creek."

Ms Guerin's favourite part of the job is matching the right hat to the right person.

While it can be a challenge at times, it is all part of the craft.

"We like to stretch it a little bit for those who are a bit more daring," she said.

"But as milliners that is our job and it is what we like to do."

Ms Guerin and Kylie Heagney's exhibition starts on Saturday at 10am and finishes on Sunday at 2pm.



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