June 23, 2011

Going to the final of the Hat Designer of the Year 2011 competition: sketches

My friend Montez (Susan Murphy) who writes the wonderful blog Chapeau du Jour sent me an email on March 12 telling me about the Hat Magazine competition themed “La Dolce Vita” to be judged by milliner Elvis Pompilio and encouraging me to participate (I have every issue of the Hat Magazine, but I had completely missed the article about the competition!).

In order to participate on the competition I had to draw 6 designs of hats and send them off to the Hat Magazine by the end of March, so I only had two weeks to work on them, but I embraced the project and managed to finish them in time.

My life would have been much easier if I had first made the hats and then sketched them, but there was no time so I draw the hats out of my imagination (which proved to be quite a challenge later on).

Here is the announcement at The Hat Magazine of the 12 milliners who moved on to Round 2:HatDesignerCompetitionAnouncement

I was lucky to be one of the 12 milliners that made it to the Round 2, and I was instructed to make 3 specific hats out of the 6 sketches. Everything moved really fast after that because of the many things going on in my life at that time (co-organizing Barcelona’s Hat Parade -Passejada amb Barret-, giving hat making lessons, a trip abroad) and I had to work really hard again to meet the deadline for the finished hats, but it sure was fun!

The second round was judged this past June 21st by Elvis Pompilio and Sylvie Pourrat and her team (from Premiere Classe). They selected 9 milliners who will be showing hats for the final judging on September 4 (one of my hats will be there!).

These are two of the the three sketches that were selected for me to turn into actual hats (the hat that will be exhibited in Paris will remain a secret for now!!):


These are the other three sketches (I am better at making hats than at sketches, I promise you).


This is all for now. Pictures and insight into the making of two of the hats soon!!


  1. Enhorabuena Cristina, eres una trabajadora incansable.
    También quiero felicitaros, por el gran éxito de la convocatoria del sombrero en Barcelona.



    Comment by Eva Carnero — June 24, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  2. Congratulations! I love the designs and I can’t wait to read the posts about the making of them!

    Comment by Rachel Pollock — June 24, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  3. Congratulations Cristina. What an honor.

    Comment by Lee — June 24, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

  4. Amazing Work Cristina you deserve it!!

    Fan# 1

    Comment by S. Montez Murphy — June 25, 2011 @ 6:10 am

  5. Thank you everyone for your kind words!!
    And I’m glad I checked the Spam inbox because there I found Rachel’s comment. Shock! Horror! I wonder if I’ve lost many comments this way!
    Anyway, I hope you will all enjoy the posts about the making of, although I didn’t have time to take pictures!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 25, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

  6. Fabulous!!! So glad you made it to the finals. Your sketches are lovely too. Will be rooting for you!
    Kate Q:-)

    Comment by Kate Pernia — June 27, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  7. Greetings from Scotland! I so love your ‘rantings’!
    Are you on Facebook? If so I’d like to add you if that’s ok? I don’t want to miss anything.

    Comment by Rita McVinnie — July 2, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  8. Hi Rita, I dont have a facebook page but I take care of the Passejada amb Barret facebook page and you will find me there.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 2, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  9. Love your hats! The leather one is very 60’s! Also really like the middle hat in your drawings. You have given me inspiration about a hat shaped like a sea shell!

    Comment by Copperhairartist — July 4, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  10. I wish I could have been in the room with you when you learned you had been selected! I are cheering for the Orange and white bubble hat to WIN!

    Comment by jill — September 12, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

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