It’s okay to be a Hot Head

October 09 2012

On June 12th, around a hundred guests including several internationally renowned milliners descended on Stockport for the opening of ‘Hot Heads –Inspirational British Milliners’. The show features the work of  ten British Milliners at the cutting edge of their industry. From the the over-the-top fantasies created by Philip Treacy to the quintessentially British work of Stephen Jones and the elegant model hat-making from the Queen’s milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to experience the unusual and exciting new materials used by J Smith Esquire, Zara Gorman, William Chambers and Noel Stewart, new takes on traditional millinery techniques by Sylvia Fletcher and Edwina Ibbotson and the innovative pattern cutting techniques of Karen Henriksen. Shappos loves Karen, but we might be a bit biased here because she personally designed a Wuthering Heights-inspired wedding hat for one of our founders (she’s the 3rd from right in the pic below)!


Councillor Iain Roberts, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development & Regeneration, said: “Exhibitions of the calibre of Hot Heads is what Hat Works museum is all about. Showcasing the very best millinery and celebrating the hot revival of hats by royalty, celebrities and the British public. This is an exhibition not to be missed and I would encourage people to take the opportunity to discover the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear.”

Run by Stockport Council, Hat Works museum is fast becoming established as an explosive hub of excellence, creativity and innovation for milliners, crafts-people, designer-makers and those with a keen interest in haute couture fashion and cutting edge textile design.

Hot Heads will be showing at Hat Works until 6th January 2013. Admission is free. So.. come on and explore your inner hot head!!

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