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Written by:The Editor
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:33 AM 

Today sees the much awaited opening of the exhibition put together by the milliner Stephen Jones called Hats: An Anthology at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Hats on show range from a 2,600 year old Egyptian hat, which is made from linen, papyrus and plaster to Darth Vader's helmet, the hat the Queen Mother wore on her 100th birthday, Sarah Jessica Parker's hat she wore to the Sex and the City premiere, Marlene Dietrich's beret not forgetting a Barbara Cartland ostrich-feather creation. Jones spent 2 years travelling the world looking at over 7,000 hats for the exhibition. The chosen ones are made up of a third from the V&A collection, a third by Jones himself and the rest are from private collections, museums and other designers.

Incase you are overcome with a creative urge Stephen Jones has designed a paper hat for The Guardian newspaper and the V&A that you can make yourself! The origami specialist Nick Robinson has produced a step-by-step guide called my beautiful paper hat for your delectation! If origami's not your thing here is a variety of hats online for your enjoyment.



Waowh! This Corsage Fascinator on Headband from Marks & Spencer has a real touch of the exotica about it! It comes in this stunning blue mix colour or fuchsia. Both will look stunning for a wedding or a day at the Races!


Corsage Fascinator on Headband


This Del Moro Ladies' Soft Felt Cloche with Stitching from Forzieri is so stylish and comes in the huge Del Moro range of colours, 13 in total including - beaver brown, black, burgundy, camel, navy blue, ruby red and white.


Del Moro Ladies' Soft Felt Cloche with Stitching


This Bow & Feather Fascinator Headband from Marks & Spencer is so cute. The twisted bow and feather detail sits on a spotted mesh disc and all is attached to a headband for a lovely secure fit. I love it!


Bow & Feather Fascinator Headband


This Multi Shrunken Trilby Hat from Miss Selfridge is perfect and will look great with a black coat for that air of mystery and intrigue!


Multi Shrunken Trilby Hat


This Del Moro Ladies' Felt 'Borsalino' Hat with Stitched Brim from Forzieri is a classic and comes in a huge range of colours - deep breath (that's not one of them) - beaver brown, biege, black, brown, burgundy, camel, dark brown, dark grey, dark green, grey, loden green, navy blue, ruby red and last but not least white!


Del Moro Ladies' Felt 'Borsalino' Hat with Stitched Brim


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