X Terrace London Hat Week 2020 – Retro Theme

This year, The Great Hat Exhibition curated by X Terrace Fashion Platform takes on the theme of ‘To Future and Back’ where milliners from around the world can express their talent through creations inspired by different eras ranging from the retro to the future.

The Exhibition is on 8th–11th October but here is a sneak peek of some of the hats to be on display

Part one – Retro

Retro theme allows milliners to show the glorious eras of the past when hats were the centrepiece of every wardrobe.

Roaring Twenties

Eun Young Lee Millinery, Korea/Netherlands.


For Daisy inspired by Daisy in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Materials: wire, hanji traditional Korean paper, pearls, crystal beads, metal pieces, polystyrene balls, paint, Jiseung technique.


La Folle de Chapeaux. Designer Raquel Lacerda Caldeira Brant, Brazil.

Instagram: @lafolledechapeaux

La Petite Folie inspired by the exotic cabaret headdress of the Folies Berger in Paris as well as its Art Deco façade, which was created by architect Maurice Pico in 1926.

Materials: buckram, wire, satin, lace, rhinestones, vintage fringe, vintage aigrette feather.


Natacha Arranz Atelier, Spain


Metropolis inspired by the 1927 Metropolis film.

Materials: felt, feather, gross grain ribbon.

Stylish Thirties

Susan Downing Millinery, UK.


Holding On inspired by Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s surrealist and humorous design Hands On created in the 1930s.

Materials: peachbloom felt and guipure lace trimmed with recycled 1930s Russian braid.

Wartime Forties

Karen Bailey Millinery, Australia.


Altitude inspired by 1947 Dior’s New Look silhouette with nipped in waist and full skirt.

Materials: buckrum featuring pleating, piping, rouleau, fabric, bound quills and wire.


Die Hutisserie. Designer Michaela Temperli, Switzerland.


Lange blue inspired by a costume hat worn by Marlene Dietrich in the film Angel that was a typical design in the ’40s.

Materials: buckram, tarlatan silk, silk chiffon, sequined fabric, handmade satin, vintage veiling, Japanese silk flower making technique Somebana.


Elizabeth Louise, Australia.


Florette inspired by the late ’40s, an era when embracing the feminine returned.

Materials: recycled retro lace dress, stiffened individual lace flowers to float in veiling.

Glamorous Fifties

Eun Young Lee Millinery, Korea/Netherlands.


New Look – fusing Christian Dior’s New Look (1950s) and traditional Korean hat styles.

Materials: wire, hanji traditional Korean paper, crin, wire mesh, leather silk, embroidery thread, polystyrene ball, paint, Jiseung advanced art technique.


Milliner Monique Lee Hylands-White UK/Taiwan.


Lilac Dreams inspired by a Christian Dior dress worn by Suzy Parker featured in Harper’s Bazaar 1956.

Materials: silk chiffon, satin, sinamay, Swarovski crystals.


Velma’s Millinery and Accessories, Designer Velma Owusu-Bempah, Ghana.


Gold Coast Queen inspired by Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor who wore stunning turban hats in the 1950s.

Materials: African wax textiles, silk flowers, raw silk, silk buntal, Swarovski crystals.

Swinging Sixties

Haetts. Designer Renne Zindler, Netherlands.


M-Maybe inspired by American pop artist Roy Liechtenstein’s comic book style and parody of the instagram perfection.

Materials: felt, feathers, beads, petersham.


Derby Revival. Designer Kristin Lynn Mobley, USA.

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The May Queen inspired by 1960s hippie flower child free love movement.

Materials: retro flower power brooches, retro artificial flowers and neon aquatic flora.


My Putchi by Mirthyz. Designer Mirtha Yepez Gutierrez, Venezuala.


Cosmopolitan inspired by Audrey Hepburn 1960.

Materials: 100% wool, black veil, lace transformed into pompom by hand, black rooster feather.

Groovy Seventies

JH Milliner. Designer Jennifer Hughes, Ireland.

Instagram @jh_couture_millinery_

Riviera inspired from 1970s wide brimmed hat.

Materials: sinamay, vintage lace, satin, feathers for the flowers and vintage button in the centre of the flower.


Miss Haidee Millinery. Designer Haidee Neill, Australia.


Zelli inspired by a flock of ostrich feathers dancing on the head of 1970s glamour.

Materials: hand blocked base with ostrich feathers.

Exhibition Details:

The Exhibition will take place 8th–11th October 2020 at:

The Black Swan Studios, 2–3 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XW

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