For 2019, The Great Hat Exhibition curated by X Terrace Fashion Platform takes the theme of ‘World Garden’ where over 100 milliners from around the world will show their creations inspired by flora and fauna.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the hats to be on display:
Monique Lee Hylands-White
Monique is the curator of The Great Hat Exhibition and will also be showcasing a selection of her hats.
www.moniquelee.uk Country UK/Taiwan.
Rose Meditative – Inspiration Spain, flowers captured in still life paintings and Salvador Dali’s rose painting of 1958.
Materials: sinamay, wire, silk satin and crinoline.
Westfjords – Inspirations Iceland and its dramatic fjords.
Olivia Rose Millinery
Designer Olivia Turner, UK.
Lila – Inspiration India, Kipling’s Jungle Book and tiger lilies.
Materials: vintage parisisal, silk abaca and crinoline swirl mimicking the form of a snake.
Carol Kennelly Millinery
Eppie – Inspiration UK, Diarmuid Gavin’s Chelsea Flower show 2016 garden ‘Garden of Pure Imagination’.
Materials: embroidered appliqué, feather butterfly and wire.
Maria Koko Designs
Designer Maria Kokoroyianis, Australia.
Fabulous Fauna – Inspiration Australia and the flowers from the Poincianna tree or commonly known as the Flame tree.
Materials: feathers, ribbon, wire and painted plastic and wire.
Julian Garner Headwear
Wild Garden – Inspiration UK, mother nature’s garden, the fascination of fungus – some edible, some poisonous and some causing hallucinations.
Materials: hand painted silk, wire, silk paints and lichen (real fungi).
Iris Egyptian Queen – Inspiration Italy, Florence’s Giardino dell’ Iris – the botanical garden specialising in the Iris flower (a symbol of Florence) and the Egyptian Queen iris with its golden tones.
Ministry of Millinery
Designer Amanda Loiselle, UK.
Wild at heart – Inspiration UK, sunsets over fields and hedge rows of wild flowers.
Materials: organza, wire, acrylic fabric paint, floral tape.
Designer Yooney Choi, South Korea.
Spring of Kyungbok Palace – Inspiration South Korea, Kyungbok Palace in Seoul with peonies, cherry blossoms and pine trees in spring.
Twisted Thimble Couture
Designer Nic Clewer-Evans, UK.
Twisted Thimble Cariad – Inspiration UK and the simple rose in formal gardens, poetry and gardens of Port Merion North Wales.
Giulia Mio Haute Couture Millinery
Designer Giulia Mo, UK.
Aki – Inspiration Japan, autumn wind blowing, traditional Japanese garden, adding clusters of berries and three red spider lilies.
Designer Elena Dmitrieva, Russia.
Ice Rose – Inspiration Greenland and its snow algae creating pink/red snow with a faint watermelon like scent giving it the name ‘watermelon snow’.
Materials: five types of natural Japanese silk.
Designer Rosie Reichel Pascoe from Australia.
Welwitschia (Platypus of the Plant Kingdom) – Inspiration Namibia and Welwitschia which grows in the Namib Desert and was described by Charles Darwin as ‘Platypus of the Plant Kingdom’.
Materials: hemp braid, monofilament thread, crystal.
Designer Vanessa Meyer, UK.
Lazy Summer Days – Inspiration UK, cottage garden full of rambling plants.
Materials: sinamay and lace base decorated in silk hand painted flowers.
Xin Zhang Design
Designer Xin Zhang UK.
Lotus Dance in the Breeze – Inspiration China, lotus ponds, which are typical features in traditional Chinese gardens, the main element in Chinese paintings and also have implied meaning of good moral quality of people in Chinese culture.
Materials: sinamay, wool felt, beads and wire.
Thoroughly Modern Millinery
Designer Sue Anderson, UK.
The Sun has Got his Hat On – Inspiration UK, the rustic sunflower.
Materials: dyed silk, facetted beads, crinoline and cotton bias twists.
Designer Michaela Temperli, Switzerland.
Queen of the Alps – Inspiration the Swiss Alps – edelweiss flower, mountains, dark coarse rocks, green firs and pines and white snow tops plus the foehn wind.
Eun Young Lee Millinery
Ikebana – Flower, Leaf and Butterfly – Inspiration Japan and its famous Ikebana flower arrangement, with Kara flower.
Materials: Hanji (traditional Korean paper), mesh net, wire.
Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery
I Know A Bank – Inspiration UK, spring & summer gardens, Shakespeare’s sonnet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Materials: buckram base, wadding, chenille ribbon.
Martine Henry Millinery
Surma – Inspiration Ethiopia, the Surma tribe who adorn their heads with flowers, leaves grasses and fruits.
Materials: African wax cotton & papyrus flowers with midelino sticks, crin, glass beads and sinamay foundation.
The exhibition will be held on 3rd–12th April 2019 (11am–6pm daily, except for Thursdays – open until 8.30pm, and closed Sundays) at Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU.
Nearest underground and rail station: London Bridge.
Tickets can be booked via www.xterrace.com/hat19