Friday, 27 March 2009

Hat exhibition at the V&A



Yesterday I went to the V&A to see the Hats Anthology by Stephen Jones exhibition, which runs till May 31st, thanks to a very timely post by Gina. I had a wonderful time, it was a superb exhibition with hats on show from every possible inspirational source you could think of, as well as some wonderful classics from the V&A archives.

I spent 1 1/2 hours just soaking it all up and as there was no photography allowed I was forced to try and sketch the ones I liked. A great challenge and one that I really enjoyed, so I thought I'd share the results with you.





And this what the bottom one actually looked like, I managed to buy a PC.





Another PC





I managed to find this pic on the net as the hat was so difficult to sketch but I really loved it, it's so quirky.



The hat in the centre of this page was my favourite and as I couldn't find a post card I had to buy the book that accompanied the show, shame!!







Another internet sourced image.



It was a great opportunity to have a 'me day' and enjoy the whole experience without having to rush, I even had time to spend about an hour in their lovely bookshop.

If you want to know more about the designer there are several video interviews here

13 comments:

ANNA said...

wonderful sketching - wish I could work like that too :-)

Susan D said...

Thanks for the links to the video. It brought back memories of when I learnt millinery.

Heather said...

What amazing hats - thankyou for sharing them with us, and for your very encouraging comment on my blog. It is always good to get such flattering feedback especially from someone whose work I admire. I think you should give yourself a commendation for using your sketchbook so brilliantly!

Julie said...

I agree with Heather, great sketches and you'll remember the exhibition so much more as a result. Amazing hats too! So good to have a day out all to yourself. :o)

Gina said...

Wonderful sketches Sharon. This has made me want to go back again! A good excuse to use my V & A membership!

Pat said...

I am so looking forward to this one, your sketches are lovely. Why do they never have postacards of the one you particularly like???

Kayla coo said...

I hope to visit this exhibition, your sketches are lovely.x

Homeleightigger said...

What a super post Sharon - your sketches are just wonderful!

Becky Vigor said...

Never knew hats could be so interesting, and I love your sketches. Been catching up on weeks of your blog and also particularly love your arbour sketch. Bethany's work is fab too :)

Purple Missus said...

Your sketches are superb Sharon. What a great way to record your visit, I usually just buy the postcards or a book - never quite the same really.
Your favourite is my favourite too. Oh to be years younger and have the confidence to wear a hat like this. :)
I really must make a determined effort to visit this particular exhibition.

Debbi Baker said...

Wow - you are dedicated! Gorgeous sketches - very evocative.

hippopip said...

What a great post I really want to see this exhibition , great sketches I hate drawing in public good for you.

Sue McGettigan said...

I'm a huge V&A fan, what fun this collection would have been to see in person!! Love your sketches of it.