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Tucked away behind the Bank of England, Drapers Hall stands on the site of Thomas Cromwell’s grand city palace which was acquired by the Drapers in 1543.  The current hall comprises a succession of elaborately decorated formal rooms enclosing a secluded courtyard garden.  It was here on Friday 1 June that a record number of Feltmakers and their guests gathered for the annual Banquet.

Pre-dinner there was an opportunity to admire the court rooms and also to see at close quarters the finalists of the 2018 Feltmaker Award.  A collection of stunning hats were on display along with the accompanying art work, an incredible diversity of designs. The winning hat, designed by Elizabeth Yates, at first glance appeared to be very simple but deeper examination revealed a great deal more both in terms of technical and design skills.  A very well deserved winner and a hat admired and indeed coveted by very many of the attendees.

We dined in the ornate livery hall, adorned with portraits of British monarchs a room which has often been used as a film set including as a double for Buckingham Palace. Serenaded by musicians from the HAC Regimental Band we enjoyed a delicious meal and excellent wines expertly served by the team from the Hall. As ever, the ceremony of the Loving Cup caused a great many smiles and laughter.


London Craft Week-Unveiled – The Craft of Millinery Hat Exhibition

The ArtWorkers’ Guild Hall [Credit Peter Clark]

As part of London Craft Week 2018, Milliners Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart curated an exhibition to highlight the excellence of the craft of British milliners. In a first for the industry ‘Unveiled – the Craft of Millinery’ was held at the Art Workers Guild in Queens Square and sought to reveal the workings of the best hat makers in the country.

Each milliner/hat was chosen to highlight a different a skill, material or design approach and each designer was asked to provide materials, tools and work in progress to reveal some of the inner workings of their craft. A large proportion of the exhibits were created exclusively for the exhibition including Karen Henriksen who focused on the unique ability of felt to be stitched invisibly to other materials and House Of Flora created a waved hairstyle shaped hat showing exactly how felt can be shaped unlike any other material.  Stephen Jones gave us a fabric covered top hat inspired by the cotton reels of most milliners childhood and Philip Treacy showed how to clip and shape a feather like only he can. With special creations from up and coming milliners Jo Miller and Harvy Santos this exhibition was a landmark for the best milliners in the UK right now. Read more…

Presentation of the new Lord Mayor’s Hat

The Lord Mayor in his new hat, with the Master Feltmaker, flanked by the Lady Mayoress (r) and the Master’s wife (l).

Following years of tradition, the Master Feltmaker, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, presented the newly elected Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman, with his official tricorn hat; a gift from the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers, and which is given prominence at the Lord Mayor’s Show. Click here for more details.


Installation of our new Master

Our new Master, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC

Prior to our Installation Dinner at Haberdashers’ Hall on 6 October, we saw the installation of our new Master, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC. We also welcomed Neil Edwards as our new Fourth Warden, who joins Lady Gilly Yarrow, Third Warden, Nigel Macdonald, Renter Warden and Bill Gammell, Upper Warden.

The Historical Committee had arranged for our 1667 Charter to be on display in the gallery. The Master’s Principal Guest at the dinner was Lord Carlile of Berriew, the eminent QC.

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Our new Master, flanked by Wardens Neil Edwards, Nigel Macdonald, Bill Gammell and Lady Gilly Yarrow

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