The HATWALK Project: Millinery, Something So Very British
Wednesday August 1, 2012
London's HATWALK project has been
commissioned by the Mayor of London in partnership with BT, Grazia, The British
Fashion Council and the London 2012 Festival.
This event has been a year in the making
and is curated by the world renowned British milliners, Stephen Jones and
Philip Treacy - bringing together 21 emerging and established designers, to
show British millinery at its finest. The event culminated in Trafalgar Square
on 30th July and saw some of London's most iconic statues in their splendour,
with the addition of brand new bespoke hats.
A "hatwalk" trail has been
formed, from the Angel of Peace on top the Wellington Arch near Hyde Park in
the west of the city, to the Duke of Wellington outside the Bank of England in
the Square Mile. This trail features twenty adorned statues altogether including;
Lord Nelson and George the IV in Trafalgar Square Roosevelt and Churchill in
Bond Street, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Burns on the Embankment,
William Shakespeare in Leicester Square and Beau Brummell in Jermyn Street.
The company providing the hat for Nelson is
Lock & Co - the oldest hatters in London, established in 1676 and renowned
for making Nelson's original bicorn hat. Lock & Co has now created an
updated version of Nelson's bicorn hat, complete with Olympic torch to
celebrate the event.
When the display has finished, all hats
will be auctioned off to raise money for the Mayor's Fund for good causes.
HATWALK is part of 'Surprises' - an event
organised by The Mayor of London that includes cultural events and activities
across London, to add to the excitement of the games - where pop-up
performances and once in a lifetime experiences spring up at locations across
London throughout this summer.
Images courtesy of MOL
August 1, 2012 09:37 PM
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