About Pea Cooper


Pea Cooper is an award-winning milliner who studied Millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London. After graduating in 2006 she became assistant to Richard Nylon in Melbourne. Richard is Australia’s most famous milliner and while here Pea made hats for Melbourne Fashion Week and racing events like the Gold Cup.


On returning to Scotland Pea started her own business designing and making her ‘Quirky but Wearable’ hats that are always inspired by her love of Vintage clothing and History of Fashion. As one of the very few fully trained milliners in Scotland Pea has the skills to make any kind of hat and frequently says she can make a hat out of anything!


Her business has now evolved into many things from Business Mentoring to facilitating workshops throughout schools and museums in Scotland. She is passionate about Traditional Craft and skill sharing in a bid to keep the art of millinery alive.



2006- Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Art Trust Awardee

2009- International Milliner of the Year Nominee

2009- Designer for Ecua Andino Panama Hat Company, Ecuador

2010- Exhibition of my work Collins Gallery, Glasgow

2010- Successful participant of Starter for 6 (Formally NESTA)

2011- Exhibited with Scotland Redesigned at ICA London

2011- Scottish Fashion Awards ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’ Nominee

2012- Fashion Foundry participant

2013- Collaborated with Harris Tweed to make hats for their permanent exhibition on the Isle of Harris

2013- Collaborated with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the end of year ballet.

2013- Won Inches Carr Award for Traditional Craft in Scotland

2014- Exhibition of my work at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

2014- Artist in Residence Doon Academy, Ayrshire

2016- Exhibited my work with Scotland Redesigned at Paisley Abbey

2016- Exhibition of my work Gayfield Gallery, Edinburgh

2016-17 Facilitated a six month schools Bonnet Making Project with the V&A Museum Dundee

2017- Artist in Residence Loudon Academy, Ayrshire.

2018/19- Artist in Residence Wellington Academy, Ayr


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