This week saw Trafalgar Square get a fashion makeover with Lord Nelson getting a new, Olympic inspired, hat for the first time in 200 years, as part of Hatwalk. The project has been commissioned by the Mayor of London, together with BT Grazia, London 2012 Festival and Grazia Magazine.
Nelson and upto 20 other well-known statues around the country have got this makeover, by the likes of Lock & Co – the oldest hatters in London – Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy. All in all, Hatwalk brings together 21 of Britains best milliners creating hats for the City’s most iconic statues. Other statues to get a new hat include William Shakespeare, Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria and King George IV. It was a perfect way to showcases Britain’s millinary talents while the world’s eyes are on us on both well known and overlooked statues. The hats will then be auctioned off to raise money for a number of good causes.
This one off event was part of ‘Surprises’, which sees pop up performances and experiences pop up at all locations around London. Other experiences include a life sized, inflatable Stonehenge replica and pop up Shakespeare performances.
You can find out more information about Hatwalk and other events at http://www.molpresents.com/hatwalk