Catherine Barinas earned an MFA in Costume at Carnegie
Mellon and trained in millinery for theater and fashion in the
shops of New York including Lynne Mackey where I worked
along with Albertus Swanpoel and Arnold Levine and worked
along with Cigmond making hats for Broadway shows, the
ballet, opera and spectacles.

She went on to learn millinery for fashion making hats at first
because the hats she wanted for herself were not yet made.  
From this she developed a modern take on hats meant for real
women to take out into the rarefied world of fashion into their
every day lives that more and more often include special
occasions,

Or .  .  .  

the day just calls for a hat

Every one smiles at you when you wear a hat.