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Milly England


Tell me a bit about you and your background: where are you from/ where did you study?

I’m from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. I grew up in one of the surrounding villages and had a very ‘countrysidey’ upbringing until we moved closer into town when I was 17.

I went to Pate’s Grammar School and also completed my Art Foundation in Cheltenham at the University of Gloucestershire, specialising in Textiles.

I then moved to London and did a degree in Costume Interpretation at Wimbledon School of Art (now part of University of the Arts, London). This was making costumes for theatre, film and television which involved a huge amount of sewing! I completed an internship and a number of subsequent work placements at Philip Treacy and got super interested in millinery….

I then took a major U-turn and after graduation embarked on a three-month intensive PA course at St James and Lucie Clayton and worked as PA to Dame Julia Peyton-Jones at the Serpentine Gallery. Everyone said if I could do that for a year I could do anything! It was certainly hard work!

After that I came home to Cheltenham and started working for Damien Hirst as PA to the Director of Studios.

I worked for Damien for ten years and it was the most amazing experience. I worked my way up to Assistant Director of Studios and worked as Acting Director for an interim of 9 months. I managed large teams and travelled worldwide working on some amazing projects – the most exciting was a project called Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable, shown in Venice in 2017. I was in charge of the underwater dive shoot used in the feature length film on Netflix. I think it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m super proud of it!