The name of 2018 London Hat Week official exhibition came from the historical event that took place in London in 1851. The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations or ‘The Great Exhibition’, sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition, was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park, London. It was the first in a series of World’s Fairs, exhibitions of culture and industry that became popular in the 19th century, and it was a much anticipated event. Following the successful 21st Century Hat Exhibition in 2015 and Milliner x Artisan exhibition in 2016, we celebrate world culture heritage in magnificent hat designs at The Great Hat Exhibition in March, 2018.
To fit in with our ‘world fair’ theme, we invite milliners from all over the world to showcase their beautiful creations that have been inspired by a piece of history or culture, or crafted with unique technique or craftsmanship of their nation!
This year we will have over 200 hats on display at the exhibition. In addition to the main exhibition space there will be a pop-up shop with over 100 hats for you to try on and purchase. Also, some of the hats in the exhibition will be available to purchase, these will be marked in the exhibition catalogue. Please note that touching or trying on any of the hats in the exhibition space is strictly forbidden. If you purchase a hat from the main exhibition, this can be collected in person on 28th March between 14:00-16:00, or can be posted to you worldwide (at cost).
Milliners, to find out more about making an application for your hat to be part of the exhibition click here. (If your hat is accepted you will be given the option to make the hat available for purchase).
Milliners, to find out more about reserving a space in the pop-up shop click here. (Hats in the pop-up shop are not part of the exhibition, and spaces are allocated on a first-come first-served basis).
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of The Great Hat Exhibition click here.