Royal Millinery - The Many Hats of Queen Elizabeth

Thursday 21 July / 6–8pm

With Beatrice Behlen

Hats are an important and distinctive element of the Queen’s wardrobe. Join curator and historian Beatrice Behlen to learn how the hats and headscarves chosen by Elizabeth II have reflected and adapted fashionable styles for nine decades.

Hats are frequently the only part of the Queen visible in a crowd. Often evolved in conjunction with her dress designers, and sometimes designed by them, the Queen’s hats have been created and made by milliners including Aage Thaarup, Claude Saint-Cyr, Frederick Fox, Philip Somerville, Graham Smith and Rachel Trevor-Morgan. Beatrice Behlen selects some of her favourites, and explores the unwritten rules governing royal millinery.

Beatrice Behlen is a curator and fashion historian who works as Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London. She worked at Kensington Palace until 2007, where she curated and co-curated exhibitions on coronation robes, the Queen’s hats, Mario Testino’s photographs of Diana Princess of Wales and the influence of Princess Margaret on fashion. She lectures widely and is associate lecturer for the BA Fashion History and Theory course at Central Saint Martins.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Missoni Art Colour; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Part of The Queen’s Birthday Lecture Series

Images: Model of the 1977 Silver Jubilee hat by Frederick Fox, remade by Frederick Fox for display at the Hartnell to Amies exhibition, 2012 © Fashion and Textile Museum

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