Friday, September 16, 2011

BGC Scholarship Fund Gala In Honor of Stephen Jones. "Hats: An Anthology" Exhibition Is Finaly In New York!

 First, watch the video of the event!:-)
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!:-)


David Toms said...

Waht a wonderful post on a friend that is so dear to your heart and some fabulous hats! Stephen Jones is definitely one of the great Milliners of this century. Now, if onlt I was in New York! Have a wonderful hat filled weekend!

janettaylor said...

Just amazing!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Anya,
Such a wonderful experience and amazing opportunity for you! I am entranced by the dandelion-gone-to-seed hat!! Fascinating!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Anonymous said...

Anya!!!!! It's TJ, couldn't figure out how to post my name, lol. This is so cool!!!! I hope you had fun at the show, and I can't wait to hear all about it! I am so excited for you!!!!! See you in a week! and mom as always says hi!
By the way, I also saw my hats on your website and the beautiful things you said. I cannot express enough how much I learned and what a pleasure it was, amd still is going to be!!!

Jan said...

Colourful night out Anya!
I so wish I hadn't missed this exhibition first time round.
Fascinating history.
Sadly, I can't get to N.Y.
Have a good weekend!

The French Mouse said...

Oh wow, that dandelion fluff hat by Aliona is truly stunning...what a wonderful piece of sculpture/art/fashion! And that whimsical ballet flat hat makes me charming! So wonderful to see you back at the blog Anya, I've missed you over the summer! I myself have been crazy busy with our move to our new home in the country...we are in the midst of renovations and lots of painting right now but I hope that by the end of the month the main floor will be done so I can share some pictures. Ta for now!


VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Hello,dear,dear Anya!

Such very inspirational post againfrom you....
I stay behind of my PC a lot of time because I wich to see alldetails from all your photos there,from exebition!
And I can imagine how absolutelly great being your feelings there to meet all fabulous persons wearing different fantastic hats and especially seeing Stephan Jones again...

I know for SURE,if I come whenever in NY it would be one of mostly unigue expirience in my life:-)*

Much Love to you,

Karena said...

Anya a fabulous event with such gorgeous millinery in the exhibit as well as on the guests! I would love to attend!


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The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Oh dear Anya,
your sweet comment put me directly on your blog to check if you did a new post.
And yes.. of course you did :)
Woow, Aliona´s hat for the competition is amazing.
I love to see all the pictures, could comment on each and every single one a loooong sentence what I love... so when I have ended this email here I know I have to go through your pictures again :)
I so remember when you left NY and went to London. ANYA WE MISSSED YOU SO MUCH DURING THIS TIME :)))

Have a happy monday ahead with lots of beautiful sunshine!!!


lorenabr said...

Wish I was there to see it in person!
Love the post!

Virginia said...

This exhibit took my breath! I'm very envious that you got to see it firsthand but oh my your photographs are wonderful. I"m wondering about the natural straw hats. By chance are they from the Paris shop Marie Mercié?

Terrific blog. My first visit here. I'll be back and see what other deliciousness you have to share.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sweet Anya, these hats are amazing and your blog has opened up a whole new world of exquisite design and creativity. Stephen Jones has been quite the trailblazer.

I adore the "dandelion" whimsy by Aliona. I am drooling over this exhibit.


Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

These are wonderful. Thanks

Poli Atelier said...

wow, amazing hats
I nominate you, see here: