Hat's off to milliner from Delegate; Cynthia's creations on top of the world

From the family home in Delegate to the glamorous fashion runways of the world, Cynthia Jones-Bryson is certainly getting noticed.

Millinery creations by former Delegate woman Cynthia Jones-Bryson are being modelled all over the world. Photo: Supplied

Millinery creations by former Delegate woman Cynthia Jones-Bryson are being modelled all over the world. Photo: Supplied

Three spectacular creations of the award-winning milliner have just featured in the current edition of Harper's Bazaar China, a magazine with a reported circulation of more than one million.

Now based in Jerrabomberra, the Delegate-born woman said she first became interested in hat design when she studied millinery as an elective of a fashion degree.

While living for a number of years in London she also worked with a theatrical milliner.

"I got hooked!" Ms Jones-Bryson said.

"I've been dabbling for around 20 years, but doing it more seriously full-time for the last five or six years."

Ms Jones-Bryson said her main customers are of course in the racing scene, and she's kept busy year-round with clientele all around the world.

Cynthia Jones-Bryson Millinery features in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar China, with the model also wearing a Chanel suit and Fendi boots. Picture: Supplied

Cynthia Jones-Bryson Millinery features in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar China, with the model also wearing a Chanel suit and Fendi boots. Picture: Supplied

The Kentucky Derby is big in March - a model wearing one of her creations won best hat there last year.

March also sees the prestigious Dubai World Cup.

In June it's all about the Royal Ascot in Britain. Ms Jones-Bryson also has clients in Ireland i love with her creations.

For now, it's all about preparing for the Australian Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup.

"It's a week of madness down there. I'm booked out already and madly trying to get things done in time," she said.

Then-Governor General Quentin Bryce wears one of Cynthia's creations while meeting Prince Harry at the International Fleet Review in Sydney, October 2013.

Then-Governor General Quentin Bryce wears one of Cynthia's creations while meeting Prince Harry at the International Fleet Review in Sydney, October 2013.

Oaks Day in particular is big in millinery circles, with a lucrative award on offer in the invitation-only event. Ms Jones-Bryson won the award in 2015 and was a finalist last year. She has also been invited to enter this year's show.

But when Harper's Bazaar China called, wanting four of her hats for a photo shoot, she was "amazed".

Millinery by Cynthia Jones-Bryson, Knit Top by Giorgio Armani. Image from Harper's Bazaar China October issue

Millinery by Cynthia Jones-Bryson, Knit Top by Giorgio Armani. Image from Harper's Bazaar China October issue

"The next day DHL was at the door to pick them up and a few weeks later they sent them back with the photos.

"I'm just amazed. When you see 'model wearing hat by Cynthia Jones-Bryson, suit by Chanel' it's like 'oh my god!'

"That suit itself is probably worth $1000."

"Millinery Workshop in full swing" Photo: Cynthia Jones-Bryson Facebook

"Millinery Workshop in full swing" Photo: Cynthia Jones-Bryson Facebook

Despite her hectic schedule, Ms Jones-Bryson enjoys every opportunity she can manage to return home to Delegate, which she left when 17.

Her mother still lives there, as do a brother and sister.

"There are seven children all together, we all went to Bombala High School and my brothers played football for Bombala/Delegate.

"It's a lovely little town".

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