Kensington And Chelsea College Millinery Students Add Creative Touch To The Lord Mayors Show

Lord Mayor

A stunning selection of period piece hats, designed by Kensington and Chelsea College’s talented millinery students, will be the show piece for one of the most high-profile floats featured in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known annual events in London, as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. The traditional, and much loved event, celebrates the annual inauguration of Lord Mayor of the City of London.

In preparation for the show, the College’s HNC Millinery students have been busy adding the final touches to their period piece hats for the show. Their eye-catching creations will be showcased on The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers’ float in the Lord Mayor’s Show, and will represent designs from Belle Epoque and Edwardian era.

The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show takes place on Saturday 8th November. It is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm. The show is cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.

The College’s Millinery Department has a high-profile reputation for excellence and has nurtured the talents of gifted milliners including Justin Smith, Gina Foster and Sarah Cant. Its talented alumni can be regularly found winning awards, featured in the press and taking centre stage at leading exhibitions.

The department’s recent high-profile student and alumni achievements include a first prize win by milliner Michael Wood for the 2014 Feltmakers Design Award, organised by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London, as well as a hat designed by recent College millinery graduate Margaret O’Conner, worn by none other than Lady Gaga. Millinery alumni Justin Smith also recently worked with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, producing the headpiece worn by her Character in Disney’s Maleficent.

For more information about the College’s Millinery courses visit our Fashion and Millinery page.