Mela Hoyt-Heydon, owner and designer for Atelier Mela, is a union costume designer who has been designing and making hats for the entertainment industry since 1982.


In the past, between designing for the entertainment industry and being the head of the costume department at Fullerton College in California, Mela has only made her hats available to the public at Costume College and a few other select venues. The opening of Atelier Mela allows Mela's creations to be enjoyed by a more diverse clientele while allowing Mela to design and create a much wider range of hats and bonnets. At Atelier Mela, you will be able to select between: vintage inspired hats, historical reproductions, whimsical Disneybound hats, romantic bridal confections, modern fascinators, race hats, floral fantasy wreaths and headpieces, along with a wide range of men's head-wear. The majority of the hats are created in-house, by hand, using traditional techniques. Including hand blocking, hand rolled edges, custom dyed or vintage trimmings and handmade flowers, helping to insure that each hat is one of a kind.