Contrary to popular belief, Fashion Week isn’t all about catwalks and parties; at Somerset House there are some inspirational exhibitions to be found amongst the winding corridors. Showcasing some of London’s most exciting emerging milliners, ‘Headonism’ is a British Fashion Council initiative curated by the legendary Stephen Jones, which reinforces London’s reputation for producing groundbreaking millinery.
As you step into the space, Piers Atkinson’s capsule exhibition catches the eye and immediately encourages a smile. Celebrating his 10th season, the ‘Directors Cut’ collection is a wonderful display of some of his best work – think of it if you will as his greatest hits, remastered. Pier’s millinery masterpieces echo his sense of humour as well as his love of Hollywood glamour, from an indulgent oversized feathered number, to an intricate star shaped laser cut headband, and of course, the infamous ‘Hyper Cherries’ fascinator which has been remodelled, re-moulded and encrusted with sparkling spikes.
On the opposite side of the room, Noel Stewart’s selection of work is also not to be missed. An unmissable tortoiseshell balaclava with floral detailing draws you in with promises of innovative design, and it doesn’t stop there – square shaped leopard print cocktail hats with iridescent elements, holographic trimmed boater hats and textured turbans all add to the mystique of Noel’s unique collection.
Words and images by Amy Elizabeth Hill