Dayna Pinkham began her millinery career in Seattle, where she apprenticed to the late John Eaton, venerable milliner and fashion designer. During four years with Eaton, she learned the time-honored methods of design conception: steaming and shaping felt, straw, and buckram over wood blocks; and finishing with fine hand stitching. In the following years, Pinkham immersed herself in perfecting her craft, studying historic millinery, and honing her signature style which mixes the elegance of eras past with clean, modern lines.
Already renowned as one of the West Coast's top milliners, Dayna Pinkham's growing national and international clientele includes rock stars, actors, and a U.S. ambassador. Nike recently commissioned custom designed hats from Pinkham Millinery as a congratulatory gift for tennis greats Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Pinkham's custom wedding hats have graced ceremonies across the nation and throughout Europe, and her lofty chapeaus have made appearances at Great Britain's Royal Ascot and Newmarket horse races, and in the States at the Baltimore Preakness and Kentucky Derby.
Dayna Pinkham designs and constructs her exceptional hats in her downtown Portland, Oregon, design studio/boutique. The shop is a unique fixture within Portland, as it is the only operating millinery in the city. Her hats are frequently featured at fashion shows, fundraising auctions, and benefit events. She gives lecture demonstrations on millinery techniques and history to various institutions including grammar schools, colleges and historical societies.
In September 2006, Dayna put on her first solo fashion show, "A Passage of Hats," which took place on the Portland Streetcar as it moved throughout downtown picking up models at each stop. Currently, Dayna is busy creating her own, original hat blocks with the aid of her new-found block makers, and is excited about the future, hoping to both explore environmental concerns and contribute to pushing the industry out of the past and into the future.