Hats accompanies the V&A exhibition of the same name. As previously mentioned, it’s currently open to the public in Brisbane (Australia), it’s first destination since opening at London’s Victoria and Albert museum last year.
In-conversation with Stephen Jones and Oriole Cullen
I was lucky enough to attend today’s event at the Gallery of Modern Art. “Lucky” is an understatement. They were turning people away. The cinema where the talk was held was packed out, with it being broadcast into the next cinema as well. Apart from the general public and fashion enthusiasts, I think just about every milliner and creative arts student in the country were there as well! I almost didn’t make it into the main theatre.
They discussed Stephen’s career, the exhibition and millinery in general. Stephen is quite funny and made for an interesting speaker. The audience was dotted with an impressive array of hats, as you’d expect! Stephen and Oriole were very generous with their time and stopped to give autographs and meet and greet the audience. I was fortunate enough to have both sign my copy of Hats!
Major highlights include a black felt beret donned by Marlene Dietrich for the 1957 film Witness for the Prosecution, plus headwear worn by contemporary starlets Sarah Jessica Parker, Dita Von Teese and Kylie Minogue, as well as Rolling Stone Mick Jagger’s A Bigger Bang World Tour hat.
The free exhibition, which has had 9500 people through its doors since a soft launch on Saturday, was launched by Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh and high-profile curator Stephen Jones, one of the world’s greatest living milliners. [more]
Some excerpts from The Brisbane Times