Such is my mum’s obsession with the amount of heat you lose through your head that I’ve never really regarded hats as anything ore than functional temperature regulators. Well more fool me, because millinery is an artform steeped in fashion and culture, and Bernstock and Speirs have been at the height of the hat-game for 30 years now. To celebrate this milestone, a show at Fred (London) Ltd has brought together some of the best known creations of Paul (Bernstock) and Thelma (Speirs). The pair have made hats for the likes of French and Saunders, Kylie and collaborated with big names including Agnes B. and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
But what I really like about their exhibition is that rather than those frustrating shows when you see drawings of the product and read things people have said about the product but barely see the actually ruddy thing, there are loads and loads of actual real-life hats to marvel at. A well-thought out celebration of consummate skill and a sociao-cultural snapshot all in one. That’s a show I can tip my hat to…
The show runs until tomorrow.
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