Not having tickets for Pam Hogg and not wanting to waste time begging fruitlessly to be admitted, we chose instead to catch the last half hour of the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones press preview. What a treat! The exhibition is beautifully curated so do give yourself plenty of time to soak it all up. The hats are divided into themes and in the middle of the space Stephen Jones has installed a replica of his own mad hatter’s hub, full of fantastical hats, blocks, sketches, feathers and other materials and ephemera. This has to be is my favourite bit. There are videos dotted about, such as ‘Making a hat’ by Deborah Miller as well as a little interactive area for trying on hats – ooh fun! It’s also nice to see newer milliners being given exposure such as my favourite, Soren Bach with his multicoloured fur pompom hat.
Samantha Cameron in front row looking stunning!, Cecelia Dean’s Rodarte Louboutins, matt red lip, gathers, poufy sleeves, lovely lace, florals, blue petal dress…mmmm, a…cape dress?, hobble skirts. Amazing.