The Hat Design Award 2011

The Hat Design Award 2011

For those involved, this annual event in our calendar has always been one to look forward to, and sure enough

Isla Campbell's prizewinning design

another memorable day was enjoyed at Haberdashers’ Hall when 40 millinery entries were judged for the 2011 Feltmakers’ Design Award.

The Innovative Use of Felt prizewinner

This year the judges, headed by Past Master William Horsman, were liverymen and milliners Freddie Fox, Ian Wright, Rachel Trevor-Morgan and Eda Rose-Lawson, together with milliner, Edwina Ibbotson and Editor of The Hat magazine, Carole Denford.


After much deliberation, and with the help of Jasmine, who expertly modelled the creations, the judges awarded the first prize and winner of the Feltmakers’ prize of £1,200 to Isla Campbell for an intricately made fantasy castle style hat in felt. Second prize of £600 went to Beth Simpson for a multicoloured felt flower head-band and third prize of £400 to Harvy Santos for a wool Mohican style head-dress. All three winners are students at Kensington and Chelsea School of Art, which continues to produce successful millinery students – a credit to Ms. Kirsten Scott who is head of department at the college.

The Lady Mayoress models the Commercial Appeal prizewinner

Other awards of £200 each were made to Hollie Barret, of Northampton College, for Craftsmanship’, Ellie Louise Matthews, of the Janie Lashford Millinery School, for ‘Commercial Appeal’. Chloe Osborn, of Northampton College, for ‘Art-work and Presentation’, and Sophie Beale, of Kensington and Chelsea School of Art, for ‘Innovative Use of Felt’.

We were honoured to have the company of the Lady Mayoress, Mrs.Barbara Bear, accompanied by Mr, Nicholas Woolfe, husband of Sheriff, Fiona Woolfe,  Mrs. Rosemary Sermon, wife of Sheriff Richard Sermon, and the Master, Mr John Ray with his wife, Rosemary,  all of whom joined us at a splendid lunch, which perfectly rounded off the proceedings.

Winner of the Craftsmanship prize

I am sure it will be of interest to all to be reminded that the giving of an award to aspiring milliners sprang from an idea in 1991 created by Past Masters Geoffrey Farr and William Horsman together with Liveryman Freddie Fox. It was in 1993 that Past Master Horsman personally took on the organisation. He not only ensured that there would be a fine display of hats designed and made by students accompanied by art-work to present to the judges every year, but also organised a splendid lunch for the judges and guests, which took place for many years at Luton and latterly at Haberdashers’ Hall.

After eighteen years of organising the event, Past Master Horsman has decided to retire from the position of organiser. On behalf of all of us in the Livery, therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm that he has applied to the task to make the event the success it is today, and in doing so, provide future organisers with an excellent model to follow.

Eda Rose-Lawson

All photographs by Carole Denford, editor of The Hat magazine. To read Carole’s report on the competition, published in The Hat, please click here.


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