In the Hat Works museum there is a set of cases for temporary displays of work by contemporary milliners. The most recent installation is work by Rebecca Thomas, AKA Rockwife. The three cases have been transformed into a winter display with snowflake garlands and hats including a Nordic Hood and a Bridal headpiece. I went to the Hat Works on Thursday to take photographs of each piece, to add to the record of the loan on MODES.
In January 2013, a new temporary exhibition will be unveiled at the Hat Works, entitled “Redesigning Fashion”. It covers themes such as the effect of World War II on the fashion industry, utility wear, and how the ‘make do and mend’ ethos is being employed by milliners in the present day, creating sustainable hats by reusing and recycling other materials. Items on display will include objects from the Stockport museum collection, loans from The Gallery of Costume (Platt Hall, Manchester), and contemporary millinery by various designers including Little Shilpa, Rosie Totiah, and Bailey Tomlin. The contemporary make do and mend hats have been arriving at the stores in the past couple of weeks, which have been unpacked, photographed, labelled, and added to MODES by Janny. I did the same with the loan hats from The Gallery of Costume to MODES. Here are a few images of the hats you will see in the exhibition.