Above all other accessories, yes even vintage earrings, I love hats. Today I finally made it over to the Bard Graduate Center to see Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. I can hardly do justice to the amount of inspiration I felt upon seeing such a diverse array of millinery, and in such a beautiful setting. I almost didn’t know where to look first!
There were many Philip Treacy hats, amid other modern designers, and even hats from the twelfth-century – like an Egyptian fez. I found a leather court jester’s hat to be particularly fascinating.
However my absolute two favorite pieces were these:
Thankfully someone over at abc news (ugh) captured a decent shot of these beauties. The pompom hat was worn by Bjork in 2007. The other is a Piers Atkinson hat made of hair strands, giant rollers, hair clips and hair pins.
I was also so happy to see the Halston bunny ears worn by Candace Bergen to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball in 1966!
Lastly, I found it incredibly generous of Stephen Jones to offer an intimate look via a recreation of his atelier. It made me verklempt. I wanted to move into this space. The creative clutter, the cozy lighting… there was just something soothing and sacred about it. Someday I hope I am privileged enough to have a workspace of my own where I am comfortable to create.
I’ll definitely be visiting this show again before it closes on April 15th.