Redesigning Fashion - How to Change the World in Style at Stockport's Hat Works

By Ben Miller | 19 March 2013

Exhibition preview: Redesigning Fashion - How to Change the World in Style, Hat Works Museum, Stockport, until July 7 2013

A photo of a female model wearing a fashion hat with multicoloured jutting elements
Little Shilpa at Hat Works© Little Shilpa
For Sharon Bainbridge’s latest investigation at Hat Works, the Yorkshire-based milliner has summoned work from Mumbai-based stylist Shilpa (of the brand Little Shilpa), designer Lizzie Harrison (of Antiform), hat contortionists Elsa Cappelli and fellow milliner Jane Fryers.

Their quest harks back to the 1940s, when minimal resources meant make-do-and-mend was the ethos for function and style. “This is my third exhibition as Guest Curator,” says Bainbridge. “Each has been very different.

“As a milliner and designer, looking at sustainability is very important. Yet the perceptions of the buyer as to what this means often need clarifying.

“I hope this exhibition will highlight the variety of opportunities within sustainable design. You can still be ahead of fashion and help the environment.”

  • Open 10am-5pm (11am-5pm Sunday, closed Monday, 11am-5pm Bank Holiday Monday). Admission free.

More pictures:

A photo of a female fashion model wearing a circular green hat with orange features
Margaret Woodliff-Wright© Maisy Carr
A photo of a female model with red lipstick and orange hair wearing a black shiny hat
Susan Wood© Maisy Carr
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