Ellen Christine Colon-Lugo, a costume historian and President of the NY Milliners Guild will conduct a workshop to collaborate with the Sparta Historical Society’s spring exhibit “A New Era: Women, their Hats and Social Change.”  Known as an Haute Couture milliner, Ellen Christine's pieces can be seen on the pages of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and in many prominent fashion circles throughout the industry. Her showroom in Manhattan's Soho sees editors daily and fashions custom hats and headpieces to custom order.


The Workshop, to be held at Sparta Presbyterian Church from 2-4PM on Thursday, May 11th ,  will demonstrate how to design and fashion a Spring Fascinator with Linda Ashton, Vice-President of the Milliners Guild assisting.  Pre-registration by May 1 is required and space is limited.  With a kit included in the price of the workshop, you will learn how to take a headband, flowers, feathers, ribbon, veiling and create something unique and one of a kind for your very own.  All ingredients will be provided.  Please bring vision and delight to share in the camaraderie of making a headpiece.  

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. It will be open Sunday, April 23rd with our new Spring Exhibition on “A New Era:  Women, Their Hats, and Social Change” and will be open every second and fourth Sunday through June 25th from 1-4 pm with 2PM talk. Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com.   “Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.”