May 7, 2007

Estivales du Chapeau – Chapeau Caussade – Hat exhibition and competition

Filed under: Millinery projects,Millinery trivia and events — Cristina de Prada @ 12:22 pm

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And some excuses first. I seem to have sunken to a lowest low by posting from work, but please believe me I’m good at multitasking  and I’m not neglecting my rent-paying job 🙂

Before it’s too late, here is the information about the competition and exhibition that takes place in Caussade (south of France) during the month of July.

I happened to drive through this village, quite by chance, on September 2001. I saw the banner hanging where it said something about hats, and so we stopped (had to!) to find out more. Little was left of the exhibtion, but I managed to inscribe myself to receive information about next years event.

I’ve only been once to Caussade (during the “Estivales”) and it was well worth it. I believe it was 2004, but I’m not sure right now! My DH, my friend Nina and I drove together and stayed at nearby town Montauban.

If you can go. Go. The cost of being an exhibitor is minimal and they will take care of your lodging and your food (up until last year it was free completely free). Submitting hats for the competition is also well worth it.

We went as spectators, and that was enough to keep us busy. I love the old (and not so old) ladies demostrating machine sewing of straw braid, the exhibition of vintage hats and hats submitted for the competition, as well as the international exhibitor stands.

One day, who knows, Nina and I will ask for our own stand and will submit hats to the competition, but so far it’s only wishful thinking.

I’m not sure if I will go this year, if Nina says she wants to go, then we go… it’s more fun when you have another madhatter next to you!



  1. I’ll have to bug Kate to go, and have you two meet. I’ll miss it by one month! Get cracking on finishing your cloche, I want to see it! Have you ever watched the movie Bagger Vance for cloche inspiration? It is so divine!

    Comment by jill — May 7, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

  2. I wll not be going it seems. Nina will be in Germany those days, and I don’t fancy going on my own… if somebody goes please tell me about it!! Otherwise I will have to waiting until an article comes out on the Hat Magazine.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 22, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

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