Author based this book on the first of five millinery courses in the curriculum she designed for the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC - and it looks every bit that comprehensive. Lots of full color photos show many possibilities for several contamporary hat types, and all the photos are based on the techniques outlined in the book. Covers straw and fabric boaters, basic band berets, 2-piece and stylized berets, basic turbans, pillboxes, cloches, visors, round blocked crowns, stylized shaped brims, cocktail/Juliet caps, and garlands. Author touches on design, spends a generous amount of pages on construction steps, 4 pages of glossary, 3 pages of sources, 2 pages on starting a small millinery busines, and adequately covers measurements. Trimming info includes feathers in detail, silk flowers, fasteners, horsehair, and fabric roses/bows. She includes many helpful hints, descriptions of basic millinery stitches, fabric do's and don'ts, and a very comprehensive list of supplies. Author says this book is sufficient to aid you in making professional quality hats, and I believe her. But prepare to acquire some new tools unless you already have a well-stocked workroom. Even a non-hat-wearer like myself gets excited by the possibilities of building great original headwear. For anyone who loves wearing original hats, or for a cocktail party regular, this would be a perfect gift. Can't think of anything that I would add to this book, except more, more, more photos!