London’s most famous statues have been transformed into mannequins sporting the latest British millinery creations. Royals Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice and Princess Euginie’s favourite headgear designers Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones are among the designers to have topped off the statues, dotted across central London.
Treacy’s creation sits aloft General Sir Henry Havelock in trafalgar Square. For four days, London is a catwalk of hats for Hatwalk, an event which celebrates London’s creativity and heritage. Some of the UK’s and indeed the world’s top milliners (see list below) have created custom-made hats for the likes of King George IV and General Sir Henry Havelock and FDR. There are 20 statues in all, within easy walking distance from one another.
HATWALK was curated by Royal milliner Philip Treacy who is no stranger to the world of the chapeau. He not only has designed hats for some of the worlds most renowned designers including, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, but he is a Royal favourite, designing headgear for Kate Middleton notoriously remembered for creating Princess Beatrice’s famous ‘cat flap’ hat worn to the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Treacy has topped off the statue of General Sir Henry Havelock, he said; ‘He was a rather forbidding and fierce character and I really felt he could do with some cheering up: especially since he sits in Trafalgar Square which in the build up to the games has been the focus of pre-olympic excitement. I thought he needed a hat that placed him at the heart of the celebrations rather than on the outside, looking on, sternly.’ The Irish milliner studied fashion at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin and at The Royal College of Art.
Here Is The Complete List
1. DUKE OF WELLINGTON, nr Wellington Arch (House of Flora)
2. ANGEL OF PEACE, Wellington Arch (Rachel Trevor-Morgan)
3. F.D ROOSEVELT, Bond Street (John Boyd)
4. WINSTON CHURCHILL, Bond Street (Herbert Johnson)
5. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Leicester Square (Bernstock Speirs)
6. BEAU BRUMMELL, Jermyn Street (Noel Stewart)
7. GEN SIR HENRY HAVELOCK, Trafalgar Square (Philip Treacy)
8. LORD NELSON, Trafalgar Square (Lock & Co)
9. GEN SIR CHARLES JAMES NAPIER, Trafalgar Square (Sophie Beale)
10. ROBERT BURNS, Victoria Embankment (William Chambers)
11. KING GEORGE IV, Trafalgar Square (Stephen Jones)
12. SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN, Victoria Embankment (Gina Foster)
13. THE LADY, Victoria Embankment (Victoria Grant)
14. ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL, Victoria Embankment (Charlie Le Mindu)
15. FRANCIS 5TH DUKE OF BEDFORD, Russell Square (Piers Atkinson) F
16. CHARLES JAMES FOX, Bloomsbury Square (Pip Hackett)
17. YOUNG LOVERS, Festival Gdns (Shirley Hex)
18. QUEEN VICTORIA, Blackfriars (Justin Smith Esq)
19. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH, Cheapside (Edwina Ibbotson)
20. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, St Mary Aldermanbury Gdns (Emma Fielden)
21. 1ST DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Bank of England (Ian Bennett)
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “You’ve got to take your hats off to London. Our city is a melting pot of creativity right at the forefront of global fashion and design. The cutting edge style and imagination of London’s millinery talent is feted worldwide, and is setting the international catwalks alight. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the heritage of British millinery and its contribution to our fair city than by dressing our most noble of statues, including our most heroic son, Nelson in creations dreamt up by our leading visionaries. In this summer like no other, we have come up with series of spectacular surprises and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will be popping up throughout the capital. HATWALK is just one of these, so keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming next!”
This is one of the fun Pop Up events planned for London during the 2012 Olympic period expect more to come over the next weeks ahead.