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Guest Blog: In the Clouds

Guest blog written by Margaret Woodliff-Wright Millinery about the upcoming 2022 London Hat Week Exhibition.

Published: 27 June 2022

Milliners of the world unite! 2022 London Hat Week Exhibition August 2 – 6th

In August milliners from far wide will be converging on the UK for the 2022 London Hat Week. Staged across various venues in the Capital - London Hat Week encompasses millinery classes, talk and various social events. This year LHW will also feature an exciting new millinery exhibition. Milliners of the world unite! Staged at Morley College, London SE1, celebrating the breadth of talent in the world-wide community of hat makers. 
Milliners of the world unite will be a curated selection of work from established milliners as well as emerging talent, the exhibition will include contributions from industry associations around the world, including the British Hat Guild and British Millinery Association, alumni from UAL Kensington and Chelsea and Morley College millinery courses, as well as hats from the archives of museums and heritage brands
As a member of British Millinery Association, I was pleased to accept the challenge the BMA gave to their members earlier in the year, to create an original millinery design based on the themes of Platinum and or Jubilee. Inspired by HM Queen’s lifelong military connections and responsibilities I chose to make a contemporary version of the military cap. Worn on a daily basis, the humble cap is integral to military life and its true to say that the Queen has inspected many thousands of caps during her lifetime!

My headpiece - In the Clouds - a blocked “perching” style cap offers a contemporary streetwear interpretation of a military cap. Covered with smooth platinum coloured nappa leather, it’s classically made the cap base is millinery buckram overlaid with domet and tarlatan, and also features a separate blocked peak. The separate peak allowed for the introduction of suede piping, the cap also features a blocked lining in matching raspberry silk, both emphasize the military links. 

Meanwhile the white pleated organdie flowers introduce a more feminine note reflecting the Queen’s lifelong interest in millinery. Reminiscent of parachute silk and the vintage Royal Flying Corps embroidery panels, the organdie flower centres are finished in a patriotic millefiori effect, red and blue iridescent bugle beads are topped with tiny red, white and blue striped white seed beads.

This piece is dedicated to my cousin Tim Roche of Rye, Sussex, now ‘In the Clouds”. Tim who served his country as an interpreter for the RAF, passed away on 8 January 2022


Exhibition details:

Date: Tuesday August 2 – Saturday 6th August 6th, 11am – 5pm

Free entry, no need to book

Location: Morley Gallery,

61 Westminster Bridge Road,

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