“Hats: An Anthology” Exhibit Comes to NY

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New York–Hats off to “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones,” a cultural and historical examination of millinery through the centuries, coming soon to the Bard Graduate Center (BCG).

Philip Treacy. Feather hat, 1995. London. Goose feathers. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Given by Philip Treacy

Running from September 15 through April 15, 2012 in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and renowned British milliner Stephen Jones, the exhibit puts more than 250 hats on display, from a 12-century Egyptian Fez to hats worn by Madonna. (The Royal Wedding put hats in the spotlight with its parade of fascinators and quirky hats, so it’s only fitting that a British museum collaboration is bringing a hat exhibition Stateside.)

” This exhibition draws on millinery collections world-wide and is truly an eclectic and exciting anthology of hats from the last millennia to the present day,” says Stephen Jones.

The comprehensive show is divided into five sections:

Inspiration examines at how common themes like exoticism, modernism and nature have inspired designers. It shows historic and contemporary interpretations of hat types such as the tricorn, bowler, baseball cap, bonnet, skullcap, and many more.

is set up like a milliner’s workroom with patterns, sketches, materials and millinery blocks, aiming to show the manufacturing process.

The Salon shows off millinery craft at its best, featuring designs by Philip Treacy, Bill Cunningham, Mr. John, Lily Daché, Mitza Bricard for Christian Dior, Misa Harada for Yohji Yamamoto and Chanel.


Graham Smith. Pirelli Tyre, 1985. London. Velvet and net. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Given by Mrs. Wenda Parkinson

The Client shows off hats worn by famous clients like Sarah Jessica Parker, members of the British royal family, Isabella Blow, Italian Vogue’s Anna Piaggi. Iconic items like Marlene Dietrich’s beret and Andy Warhol’s wig will also be on display.

Turban, 1800–1900. India. Silk and metal. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The exhibition also features a selection of archive film footage plus a film showing a couture hat being made in Jones’ atelier.

But the show isn’t just about fashion. From motorcycle helmets to a child’s plastic tiara to Babe Ruth’s baseball cap, headwear of all forms is elevated to new heights.

The Bard Graduate Center: 18 West 86th Street, New York, NY. bgc.bard.edu.


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