Curated by X Terrace fashion platform, the Official 2016 London Hat Exhibition aims to showcase the most creative, innovative and cutting-edge hats from milliners across the globe.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Milliner x Artisan celebrating the collaboration between art and millinery.

From over 250 applications, X Terrace has selected 130 hats to be showcased at the exhibition. Here is a sneak peek of some of the hats to be on display:

Milliner Monique Lee Hylands-White is the curator of Milliner x Artisan and will also be showcasing a selection of her hats. Country UK/Taiwan:

Interspace – Inspired by the work of scientist Niels Bohr, Monique is exploring the relationship between matter and space with this piece.

Bauhaus Circle – Inspired by the Bauhaus movement, the concept of the hat combines architecture, sculpture and painting.

Earley Millinery. Designer Katie Earley from Sweden.

Katie Earley’s pieces are untitled and the material chosen is wood.

1.Inspired by American photographer Saul Leiter, the piece was constructed using three hats cut up and layered together on a thin pliable wood frame.

  1. Inspired by French architect Francois-Helene Jourda, a light Swedish birch wood is mixed with soft grey felt and fixed with golden wire.

Jardin Metalico. Designer Aixa Marquez Munoz from Spain.

Untitled, this double spiral enveloping hat was inspired by choreographer and painter Oskar Schlemmer as the spirals represent movement around the neck. The piece is made of aluminium structure and cotton fabric cover.

Ana Bella Millinery. Designer Ana Pribylova from UK.

Titled The Mirror, the piece was inspired by 3D sculptural artist Keng Lye.

Anna Dominoes Millinery. Designer Tess Piggott from UK

Named Metropolis after the iconic 1920s film Metropolis, the hat evokes the Machine Age concept of man and machine blending into one streamlined figure.

Chen Ichun Millinery. Designer Ichun Chen from Japan.

The Wind in the Willows piece was inspired by bonsai artist Yasufumi Jin. The hat is made of almost 300 ‘mizuhiki’ tied in awabi knots which cannot be untied. Mizuhiki are special wires made of rice paper and coated with silk and paints.

Chloe Haywood London. Designer Chloe Haywood from UK.

Curlz was inspired by South Bank Skate Park and Thrashing upcyclers; the curl is made from skateboard, the fabric is Newlife (made from recycled plastic bottles) and the acetate is from visors rescued from landfill.

Elizabeth Barden Designs. Designer Elizabeth Frances Barden from Australia.

Named Starry Night after one of Vincent van Gogh’s famous paintings. Over 200 hand-stitched feathers emulate the visible brushstrokes of bright colour that swirl and create texture in Van Gogh’s painting.

Guilia Mio Haute Couture Millinery. Designer Giulia Mio from UK.

Titled Hokusai, this piece was inspired by painter and engraver Katsushika Hokusai. Based on his 1920s work ‘Grasshopper and Iris’. The grasshopper is hidden amid the Irises and is made from silk origami.

Iva Ksenevich Millinery. Designer Iva Ksenevich from Russia.

Titled Net, inspiration came from Moscow architecture. Like the skyscrapers of Moscow City business centre the hat has definite geometry, yet smooth soft lines to create a striking combination.

Julian Garner Headwear. Designer Christopher Julian Garner from UK.

Delicious Monster – Inspired by Ikebana floral artist Ki Mi. Hand sculptured leaf using thermoplastics and then hand painted. The seating of the leaf is a classic to many Ikebana floral arrangements.

Lisa Jayne Millinery. Designer Lisa Jayne McConnon from UK.

Inspired by artist and designer Erte, the piece was handmade using feather work/wire work and hand rolled sinamay.

Loletesdebu. Designer Loles Garcia from Spain.

This sculptural headpiece was inspired by Michelangelo

Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery. Designer Margaret Woodiff Wright from UK.

Titled Heald Wires and inspired by the heald wires, a key element of the construction of a loom in a woollen weaving mill, typical of the looms still found in Yorkshire.

Marta Glazen Milliner. Designer Marta Glazen from USA

Inspired by Dutch photographer/artist Ruud van Empel

Martina Bohn. Designer Martins Bohn from UK.

Inspired by the sculptor Yayoi Kusama and her Yellow Pumpkins dotted in black with her trademark polka dots.

Peacock Millinery. Designer Belinda Osborne from Australia.

A Dragon’s Tale was inspired by the dragons in the book ‘The Lord of the Rings’. ‘A feathered beauty, soft but strong. Sits poised, waiting to be awoken.’

R.R. Pascoe Designer Rosie Reichel Pascoe from Australia.

Inspired by the artist FRD Hundertwasser, this piece is made from coiled junk mail pamphlet paper, mimicking the spiral motif synonymous with Hundertwasser and features gilded 23 carat gold leaf highlights throughout.

Yan Hats. Designer Gisele Yanina from Argentina.

Titled Naja, inspiration came from the architect Zaha Hadid and her design for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Good Golly Miss Molly Bespoke Hats. Designer Molly Bunce from UK

Inspired by musician Lady Gaga’s surreal costumes, this innovative textured sculptural piece is built upon a structure with outer taffeta fabric.

Mar Balmon Luxury hats & headpieces. Designer Mar Balmon Montiel from Spain.

Night in Peking – inspired by Chinese architecture. Like an antique Chinese lantern with beautiful hand made flowers inside. Made of brocade, silk and organza.

Twist Fashion. Designer Frances Bradshaw from UK.

Inspired by painter Piet Mondrian, the piece emulates his black grid based paintings in his bold colours of red, blue and yellow. Rather than keeping the hat flat to match his paintings, the hat is brought to life in a 3D version.

The exhibition will be held on 7th–12th October (11am–6pm daily) at Coventry University London Campus, 109–117 Middlesex Street, London. E1 7JF

Nearest underground and rail station: Liverpool Street.

Tickets are £9 per person.

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