March 1, 2009

DECORATE YOUR HEAD! Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones

With our tickets bought since December, and an invitation to both the Milliners lunch and the Private View of the exhibition (opening party), we decided to go ahead with the trip and not cancel despite of our recent loss.

We had a great time and it was a wonderful privilege to have been invited.

During the Milliners lunch The Hat Magazine took a picture of all the attending milliners, so be on the lookout for that on the next issue. After the lunch we had the opportunity to take a sneak preview at the exhibition and found it even more wonderful than expected.

The exhibition is divided into sections: Inspiration, the Salon and the Client, all around a center section called Creation, that reproduces a millinery workroom (with hat blocks, a conformateur and loads of other stuff, including all the trash -bits of ribbon, straw, thread- that we all tend to accumulate on the floor).

The “private view” party had an attendance of around 800 people and was top notch. The service was spectacular, they kept on refilling our champagne glasses, served oysters, lobster, raw tuna, and many other delicacies that I don’t remember. There were two sweets corners with the most out of this world sweets: macarons, raspberry mini-tartlets, mini brownies, little pots with I don’t know what… well, heavenly. As you an see in the pictures the waiters had a lovely red V&A mini-hat.

Concerning etiquette, the invitation said “decorate your head”. I made a green version of my bird hat for the occasion, and Nina made herself a high comb, reminiscent of the Spanish combs worn with mantillas by knitting raffia and making raffia flowers that she later dyed.

To my surprise NOT everyone was wearing a hat (how can that be?!!!). There were famous people, but I’m not good at that, so I cannot tell you if I saw them… only later I learnt that Manolo Blahnik -hatless- was there, along with some other heavy weights (check the V&A website and check every little bit it: , there is a video of the opening with interviews).

To see all my pictures follow this link: V&A Hats- An Anthology by Stephen Jones (Set)

Check also these cool pictures from someone else who attended the opening: Hats- An Anthology by Stephen Jones – Opening Party at V&A London (Set)


  1. Cristina!! YAY!! Incredible.

    Comment by Montez — March 2, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

  2. Wow, Cristina, how wonderful! I am going to the exhibition on Saturday and I can’t wait. How shocking that not everyone wore a hat. Glad you had such a great time.

    Comment by Cath — March 2, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  3. It is marvellous! Please, more photos!

    Comment by Blanca — March 3, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  4. Christina the photos are fabulous & the hats amazing, I look forward to more.



    Comment by Bethune Matthews — March 3, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  5. Cristina, you look great with your beautiful headdress in green! I like it even more than in white 🙂
    You really had a very good time at the party! How nice! I also love the charming red V&A mini-hat 😉
    Nila Taranco

    Comment by Nila Taranco — March 3, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  6. Wonderful!
    I’ve bought the exhibition-catalog through amazon, which is realy great too- but nothing compared to the real thing, I guess.

    Could you see what the V&A hats are made of? Is it really felt or maybe Perspex/PVC? I’m curious! 😉

    Comment by Dirk — March 4, 2009 @ 10:11 am


    Y catering por todo lo alto!

    Genial, esa chistera con naipes!

    Parece que, en lo museístico, la expo está bien concebida. Es que the British really know how to do it!!!

    Comment by Jose — March 5, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  8. Thanks for the nice comments!

    Dirk, I don’t really know what the waiters hats were made of, but certainly not felt. Possibly some light material, plastic?, machine shaped and later flocked. They looked great!

    Here are links to videos and pictures from other people that I’ve been able to find on the net:,1328/

    And of course, don’t miss the videos on the V&A website, and if you visit the exhibition check out the great vintage film footage relating to hats (that unfortunately was not for sale on the shop and not available on the net).


    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 8, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  9. Tengo que decirte que acabo de decubrir tu blog y me he leído casi todas las entradas, me encanta!!!. Me encanta todo lo que escribes y como lo escribes, y por supuesto me encantan todos tus sombreros.
    A mi también me apasiona el mundo de la sombrerería, aún me queda muchísimo por aprender y descubrir pero llevo unos años haciendo mis pinitos en esto y cada vez estoy más enganchada a esto, así que descubrir tu blog ha sido para mí fantástico. Enhorabuena!!!

    Comment by Rosa — March 10, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  10. Gracias Rosa, me alegro qud hayas disfrutado el blog y espero que lo sigas visitando!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 10, 2009 @ 12:11 am

  11. Ohhh! Cristina! It is so marvelous that you got to go! I was so sorry to read about your father-in-law (I am so happy to read about your blog all the time, and so sad about your tragedy)-but very glad that you were able to have a good thing to lift your spirits-and WHAT a thing. From what you have on your blog about him, he would have been very happy to see you enjoy yourself! And your green bird hat was a great choice, too. Cheers to you and Nina from the US, fondly, zophie 😉 (a Seattle wannabe hatmaker)

    Comment by zophie leslea — March 10, 2009 @ 4:59 am

  12. Cristina.- oye, vaya “sarao” tan estupendo. Me alegro de que pudieras estar “insitu”. Saludos, Paco

    Pta.- ayer estuve en la Casa Félix y ya disponen de las fornituras para forrar botones. Las venden en packs de cuatro.

    Comment by paco peralta — March 10, 2009 @ 9:12 am

  13. Eso es una fiesta con glamour, sí señor! Lo que daría por ponerme como el del velero…


    Comment by Helena — March 14, 2009 @ 11:02 am

  14. Perdón, quise decir, “un sombrero como el del velero”! 🙂

    Comment by Helena — March 14, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  15. Cristina, You look FABULOUS in your bird hat. So glad you got to go and I love the photo with Stephen Jones. Hugs, Kate

    Comment by Kate — March 25, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

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