Madame Magar

small-batch label exploring fashion, art, performance & history


Fashion Institute of Technology, Certificate of Competency in Millinery Techniques
Graduated 1995


Madame Magar, owner/sole-proprietor: textile art & design, wholesale & retail hand stitched & dyed (primarily indigo) dresses & accessories.

Magar Hatworks, owner/sole-proprietor: wholesale & retail (men’s & women’s) hats & accessories.

Internships, assistant to Rod Keenan & Tracy Watts (milliners).


Garden & Gun Magazine, Artist in Residence at Palmetto Bluff, two week artist in residency featuring indigo dye workshops, demonstrations, and trunk shows.
May 2017

South Carolina State Museum, "Carolina Makers" Installation, year long installation (gallery display) make-shift studio: stitching a South Carolina state flag quilt.
April 2015-February 2016

Charleston Museum, "Eliza Lucas Pinckney Installation", 10 day installation/make-shift studio (gallery display): : stitching an Eliza Lucas Pinckney silhouette quilt.
June 2015

ArtFields, Installation, month long installation (window display) make-shift studio: : stitching a Darla Moore quilt (the Pee Dee Collection).
April-May 2015

Upstairs (Artspace), Group Show,  "Nina Simone: Mood Indigo", gallery exhibit, installation, & performance.
January-March 2015

Preservation Society of Charleston, Artist in Residence, "Sea Island Blue (Indigo) Collection, month long residency (window display) make-shift studio w/ workshops, window installation & exhibit.
October 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art, Artist in Residence, twelve-week residency w/ workshops, gallery installation & exhibit.
February-May 2014
Penland School of Crafts (Textile Department), one-week hat-making workshop.
March 2014

Workshops/tours, individual & groups: basic hat blocking & tours by special appointment.

Art Institute of Charleston, workshops, demonstrations, & mentoring program.

Barneys New York, “Artisan’s Day”, in-store demonstrations.

Accessibility/Sustainability 2007, workshops & demonstrations of reusable/recycled materials.
October-November 2007

Spoleto Festival USA, ‘Cottage Industry’, collaborated w/ J. Morgan Puett on an installation of hand-made garments & hats.
May-June 2002

South Carolina Museum of Art, Columbia, conducted week long workshops/demonstrations.
October 2001


Garden & Gun Magazine, Madame Magar article October/November 2016

Charleston Magazine, 8 full page feature: Madame Magar at 701-CCA residency & exhibit.
May 2014

Hors Ligne Magazine (Switzerland), photo & shop info/listing.
Winter 2013-2014 issue

Garden & Gun Magazine: Jubilee, selected for trunk show at 3-day trade show.
December 2013 & 2016

Southern Makers (Princeton Architectural Press), featured in book about hand-made objects.
October 2013

eBay/Martha Stewart: American Made website, featured artisan on website collection.
October 2013-present

Martha Stewart Living, 2 full pages: brief bio & display of hat block collection.
June 2012

National Geographic Traveler, photo & shop info/listing.
March/April 2012

Departures (American Express), photo & shop info/listing.
November/December 2011

Sweet Paul (online), 3 full pages: brief bio & questions/answers.
November 2011

Garden & Gun Magazine, “Made in the South Award”, award in style category: fashion.
January 2011

Garden & Gun Magazine, Madame Magar article October/November 2016 photo & shop info/listing.

New York Times-Travel, photo & shop info/listing.
November 2010

Food & Wine,  w/ the Lee Bros., 12 page story: bio and food & wine pairings to complement hats.
September 2010

Budget Travel, photo & shop info/listing.
July/August 2009

Country Living: “Women's Entrepreneur of the Year Award” national award, style category: bio, several photos & shop info/listing.
May 2009

Southern Accents,  shop info/listing.
March/April 2009

Girlfriend Getaways, brief bio, photo & shop info/listing.   
Fall/Winter 2008

The Satorialist (blog), photos of hats @ Governor’s Island Roaring 20’s Party.
June 2007

Town & Country, photo & shop info/listing.
March 2006

Elements of Living, photo & shop info/listing.
October 2005

Lucky Magazine, listed in “shops we love”.
December 2004

Washington Flyer (magazine & travel guide), photo & shop info/listing.
September/October 2003

Attache (US Airways in-flight magazine), full page bio & photo.
June 2002

Travel & Leisure, listed in shopping report .
June 2002

Cooking Light Magazine, photo & shop info/listing.
March 2002

South Carolina Museum of Art in Columbia, hats purchased by for permanent collection.  
December 2001

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, participated in ‘Crafts of the Carolinas’ exhibit.
September 2001

Le Cirque Restaurant, New York, created cocktail hats for Cable TV Easter special.
March 2001

South Carolina Educational TV (Verve), appeared on as a guest artist interview & studio visit.
July 2000

Rachel Feinstein’s/John Currin’s wedding, created several hats for bride’s maids @ the Parrot Jungle, Miami.
Summer 1999

‘Sin-So-Rama’, Piccolo Spoleto, participated in a fashion/performance art show.
June 1999

‘Practical Extravagance’, South Carolina Arts Commission, included in group show.
May-September 1999

Charleston Style-Past & Present (Rizzoli), house and studio included in design/interior book.

Barneys New York, cocktail hats were featured in Christmas window.
November-December 1998

Vogue, hats were shown in the Vogue Index. September 1997

New York Times Magazine, hat shown in Best Bets (Barneys).
December 1997

SECCA(South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art);  "Wear Art: Functional and Accessory Show", exhibited in a group show.
Fall 1997

Jussara Lee, Bryant Park, designed a special line for runway show.
Fall 1997


The Dewberry Hotel, Fieldshop, Charleston, SC.

Barneys New York, Madison Avenue, Chicago Beverly Hills, San Francisco.

Isetan-Japan, Tokyo.

Misc: The Hat Shop-NYC, The Sanctuary-Kiawah Island, Worthwhile-Charleston, & Parrot Cay Hotel-BWI.


Elvis Costello
Michael Stipe (REM)
Nick Cave (Art Institute of Chicago)
Eartha Kitt
Gregory Hines
Dwana Smallwood (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater)
Rachel Feinstein
David Ritz