Sally-Ann Provan is a milliner and accessories designer. Having graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a degree in Jewellery and Metalwork, she then went on to take couturier millinery training in London under Rose Cory (personal milliner to the late HRH The Queen Mother) and Mitzi Lorenz. She has theatrical millinery training under Jane Smith (renowned international film/theatre milliner) and the Royal Opera House in London, and has trained in London in leatherwork and bagmaking.
She set up her own design label in 1994 and specialises in handmade bespoke pieces for private clients across the world. Sally has shown her ready-to-wear collections for two seasons at London Fashion Week, and has exhibited at the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Origin (London), Dressed to Kilt (New York), and UK Now in Melbourne.
She also works closely with performance and production companies and has created pieces for the BBC, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Lyceum Theatre. She is milliner to Scottish Opera – having created hats and headpieces for more than 15 of their productions.
Between 2004 and 2011, Sally initiated and delivered fashion and design-led projects to schools, museums and communities across Scotland. She piloted the ‘Arts Across The Curriculum Initiative’ for the Scottish Government, and was a lead artist for the Six Cities Design Festival.
She joined ECA as a part-time Teaching Fellow in 2007 and has worked each year to build and expand the accessories remit within both the Fashion Department and Performance Costume Department, including instigating the purchase of new equipment. She teaches fashion, millinery, and accessory design (bags and luggage), encouraging the students to experiment with new forms, materials and techniques. She has been lead tutor on the Michael Kors Accessories Project for third year Fashion undergraduate students for the last three years. The first two accessories-led graduate fashion collections from ECA were shown at Graduate Fashion Week in 2013.