First, watch the video of the event!:-) http://videos.nymag.com/video/Fashion-Week-Detail-Cam-Hats
This past Tuesday night became one of the most memorable nights for me and, definately, one of the highlights of NYFW this September. Bard Graduate Center held a Scholarship Fund Gala in honor of Stephen Jones, an event followed by the opening of the glorious hat exhibition "Hats: An Anthology" by Stephen Jones. Yes, it is , finally here!
Wonderful evening full of beautiful, unique hats, eclectic personalities, champagne, milliners and celebrities.
Back in October of 2009 when I was preparing to leave Stephen's Atelier I saw bits and pieces of the selected hats that would later become a part of the exhibition in V&A Museum in London. I remeber wishing back than to be able to stay longer to see it with my own eyes. I can not tell you how happy I was to learn that Stephen Jones is bringing it to New York!
Unblelievable feeling to see some of the iconic hats on display up close and personal: hats created for Dior Haute Couture, original shoe hat by Elsa Schiaparelli, hats by Balenciaga, Givenchy and many other beautiful designs made out of every possible material imaginable: from newspaper to chrystal chandelier pieces. I though the entrie Exhibit was so well thought through and so well designed: over three floors of fantastic displays creating a feeling of continuous magic. Bravo to the BGC!
One of the most interesting parts of the evening, becides hats, of course, was meeting many creative, talented, extraordinary people who went all out following Invitation's suggestion to "dress up your head" :-)
It was wonderful to see Stephen in person again and talk to him, he is always such a perfect gentlman!
I have also met and became friends with the talented Aliona Kononova, who became a winner of the major hat competition announced by Vogue UK and Stephen Jones.
Here you see an extraordinary hat created by Aliona for this competition. Aliona has told me that the hat was created in just one day and photographed in the back yard of her home in a rush to get it entered in the competition. Aliona, I know you will be reading this: my hat is off to you! Fantastic job!I will be looking forward to seeing you in New York with in the next day or two. I still can not figure out the mechanics of this hat. :-)
It felt great to see again Stephen's fantastic team with whom I have worked in London. As I was leaving in October of 2009, beautiful Adele was just preparing to assume the position of the Head Milliner in Stephen's Atelier. Always with such an impeccable style, she is such a great pleasure to see. Adele, I have missed you and I hope to see you in Paris or London!:-) I promise I will try the duck dish just as you have adviced!
If you happen to be in New York I urge all of you to go and see "Hats: An Anthology:. Exhibitions like this does not come around often and when it comes to this particular one - this is one in a life time display of brilliant hats and in a nut shell entire reason why I have chosen to be a Milliner.Wishing all of you wonderful September weekend!:-)