I get asked by many people how I got into millinery, so this is how….

I am married to a very loving and supportive husband Chris and together we have two gorgeous, sometime mischievous boys, Harry who is now 5 and Finley who is 19 months.

After my maternity leave with Harry finished I went back to work as a Travel Agent, in Exeter. I loved my job but after 13 years I was tired of driving 50 miles every day and realised that once I had a second child it would not be feasible or cost affective to do that journey and put the children into childcare.

One night I was watching the news and a lady was being interviewed about her job as a milliner. As soon as I saw this I thought that this was maybe something that I could do. I have always been interested in art and did Art GCSE and once in college I did an, Graphic Design and a years Art and Design course. I love fashion too and I’m sure like a lots of ladies ‘I never have anything to wear!!’ even though the wardrobe is full.


So that evening I went online and booked myself onto a course making fascinators. I was so inspired after the course I bought books and spent many hours watching youtube tutorials. I started making many fascinators and realised I didn’t have many weddings to wear them all too, so took a chance and put them on my own personnel Facebook page to see what people’s reactions were. I was so thrilled by the response. A friend of mine commented and said ‘if you start a business you need to be called ‘ALL DUNN UP’.

From that day All Dunn Up was born.

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Jackie Hand

Do not have any doubts about commissioning Rachel. Her creative skills and craftsmanship are superb – I cannot praise her too much. She made me a hat I would never have imagined possessing for a special wedding, and a beautiful matching clutch bag. Her customer service/advice and help in adjusting the colour etc was exemplary. Thank you so much Rachel.

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