Marina grew up in Germany, where she studied and worked as a tailor. Followed by 2 years high education as Clothing Technologist,
Marina acquired additional knowledge in pattern cutting manual and CAD (system: Assyst), product management, manufacturing and design. These ensured her a job with
a leading software company for fashion industry in Munich, specialised in Product Data Management, manufacturing, design and organisation.
In 2010 she enrolled at the University of Lincoln in United Kingdom to study fashion and discovered her passion for millinery. To express her inspirations as well as the individuality of the hat designs, Marina handcrafts her own hat blocks. By using clever techniques, combining different materials and adding decorative trimmings she creates unique hats to emphasise the personality of the wearer.
In April 2013 Marina has been awarded with the first prize by The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers in London, for her sculptural hat in brown felt, high-lighted by a pair of bright orange quills. The Feltmaker Award has been presented by Lady Mayoress to Marina at the Feltmakers’ Banquet held at Mansion House in London. Followed by two weeks internship at Queen’s milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan in London and hat manufacturer Walter Wright by Philip Ian Wright in Luton, where she explored and developed further her knowledge in millinery.
Marina graduated in September 2013 with an honours degree in Fashion Studies, she started building up her own ‘Marina Walger millinery & fashion’ label. Each hat as well as headpiece is hand draped, blocked and stitched in every detail. Added trimmings, traditional handmade silk flowers and bows are the epitome of couture millinery.