The beautiful man

The beautiful man

Monday, 11 July 2011

Keep it Under Your Hat-Great Yorkshire Show

Winning Milliners
Well a trip to the Great Yorkshire Show is always a treat even when its not open yet, and being allowed into the Members Pavilion (even if no one was there and there were no refreshments) even more so. Present were a medley of hat wearing milliners all eagerly awaiting the judging of the inaugural "Keep it Under Your Hat' calendar competition devised to raise money for the brain tumor charity, The PPR Foundation They have a target of a million pounds to raise, which they hope to get a little closer to with the sale of their calendar made up of photos from the 12 hat finalists on show at the Yorkshire Show for the week.

The theme for the competition was Hollywood Glamour of the 1940's and 50's and the hats certainly fitted the brief with some stunning pieces that must have made it difficult for the judges. Wondeful that 9 of the milliners were present and 7 of those were from Yorkshire, 6 with connections to Leeds College of Art! So it was a real Hat Trick for the college when the three winners were all from the college. Sue Carter was overall winner with her stunning caramel brown parisisal, exquisitely rolled edges and that wonderful effortlessness of a good hat, the title too was perfectly chosen 'Miss Otis', a well deserved first prize. Sue's student Karen from the evening classes at Leeds was awarded third prize and yours truly was second. wow! very suprised and much appreciated...

Judging must have been very tricky as there were some delicious hats, Beth Hirst's classic toque with ribbon, looked elegant and truly wearable, Jane Hammill's white cloche and silver fretwork, a must for all Hollywood starlets and Abbie Campbell's pink cut work piece last scene at London Fashion Week was sultry and cheeky and something to covet as was the turquoise one Abbie wore today. New milliner on the block Rosie from Liverpool had a inspirational new fabric that she creates and based her piece on the mushroom Dior shape of the 40's I would have loved this hat.

Beth, Jane and Abbie
The judges press call

centre-Carole Denford of The Hat Mag
It was a lovely few hours at the Yorkshire Show and great to see millinery promoted in a different setting. So if you are lucky enough to be in the Members Enclosure for the next three days have a look or better still book your 2012 Hat Calendar. Hopefully it will inspire you to enter next year. x


  1. Congrats at 2nd place - also Congrats to all the top three!!!

  2. Thank you my love. Hope to see yours there next year x