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EXTRAORDINARY

The hats in this gallery represent nearly a century of style and fashionable taste in British millinery. Each hat belongs to a different  period in the timeline of the 20th century, highlighting an astonishing epoch of head-to-toe attention claim to dazzle on lookers.

This gallery explores unique aesthetic groupings that follows the wearer’s ambition to reflect the height of fashion. Designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom, the hats emphasize the quirkiness of British fashion. They reject a traditional design aesthetic, playing with perception and reflecting artistic influences in their design.

Through the choice of materials the milliner is able to move between art object and functional garment. This can be seen in the use of feathers which have often been a popular material in British millinery. Here we can see how feathers have been used to create eye-catching details, bringing to life dynamic looks that ensure the wearer will stand out and be noticed.

BEGIN

Marilyn - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Marilyn - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

MARILYN

Mesh and Cotton | 1950's

MAEVE

Feathers | 1950's
Maeve - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Maeve - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Maeve - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Maeve - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Maeve - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Maeve - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

SCARLET

Velvet and Feathers | 1983
Scarlet - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Scarlet - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Scarlet - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Scarlet - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

ESME

Rayon, Straw and Net | 1900's
Clementine - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

CLEMENTINE

FELT | 1969
Clementine - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Clementine - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Clementine - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Clementine - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

MATILDA

Velvet | 1960's
Matilda - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Matilda - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

MARGOT

Satin and Velvet | 1970's
Margot - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Margot - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition
Margot - The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

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For the best experience The Museum of Lydia Grace Exhibition is best viewed on a DESKTOP or LAPTOP computer

The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

The Museum of Lydia Grace is a digital exhibition featuring part of The Amelia’s millinery collection. The exhibition has been co-curated by The Amelia and the London College of Fashion, and is kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The History of Lydia Grace in Tunbridge Wells

Hats have a practical purpose and over time have been worn to signify social status, formality, and occasion. This exhibition explores how the hats that were showcased in the ’Lydia Grace’  shop in Tunbridge Wells were also clever material communicators for women to express artistic ideas, fashionable credentials, playfulness, and glamour.

An early female entrepreneur, Kathleen ‘Katie’ Judd, opened Lydia Grace Millinery in 1906. Situated on Monson Road in Tunbridge Wells, the shop was named after Katie’s eldest daughter and sold a wide range of both traditional and fashionable headwear for women. As well as sourcing in desirable designs from further afield, many designs were created by the Lydia Grace team, and the business was exclusively run by women until it closed in 1996. Some of the hats shown in this exhibition were either on display or sold in Katie’s shop. Other hats were purchased locally or donated to The Amelia by local women.

 

CREDITS

Objects

Courtesy of The Amelia’s collection

Curatorial and Web design

Julie Hawksworth (The Amelia)

Tirosh Yellin (London College Of Fashion)

Regan Shepherd (RS Design London)                                   

Photography

Izzy Schreiber (London College Of Fashion)

Illustration

Gabriellla Bianca (London College Of Fashion)