Published on January 30, 2013 | by Billie-Jade Thomas0
Heading for the catwalkA new exhibition inspired by the use of catwalk headwear is to be held at the London College of Fashion (LCF).
Established milliners, fashion designers and LCF graduates have joined together to design pieces for the exhibition, Head On.
MA Fashion Curation graduate and co-curator of the exhibition Gemma Williams said: “Hats have historically played an important role in fashion history as well as within social history however, they have often been overlooked.
“They are also often displayed in isolation, without consideration to the full look, or even hair. We felt it was time to address this, particularly as there is a huge appetite for millinery on the catwalk,” she said.
The exhibition will feature pieces from fashion designers such as Giles Deacon, Donna Karan, and AF Vandevorst, as well as their collaborations with acclaimed British milliner Stephen Jones.
Also on display will be UK milliner Noel Stewart’s collaboration with fashion designer and CSM graduate Roksanda Ilincic, as well as work from international designers such as Yohji Yamamoto,a japanese designer who masters in tailoring.
In addition to high fashion head wear, the relationship between hair and millinery will also be explored, with hairpieces created by hair product company Bumble & Bumble also on display.
The exhibition will also aim to showcase the work of emerging talent.
Some designs of LCF graduate and winner of the Accessories Collection of the Year at International Talent Support 2012, Ana Rajcevic, will be shown alongside those of fellow LCF graduate Lara Jensen, who has worked with Karl Lagerfeld, Jessie J and Lady Gaga.
“I am very excited to be part of what promises to be a very important exhibition in the history of millinery.” LCF graduate, Lara Jensen
Speaking to Arts London News about the exhibition, Jensen said: “I was approached by the curators of the exhibition [Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams] to loan items from my current SS13 collection. I am will be showing a red rose headpiece, which covers the entire face and head, made from hundreds of handmade leather roses.
“I am very excited to be part of what promises to be a very important exhibition in the history of millinery, recognising the design and innovation in the field, and bringing it to the forefront of accessories design.”
Head On will take place at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ from February 6 to March 23.