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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date
You don't have to be in Alice In Wonderland to attend the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - just come to Melbourne. This darling display of beautiful hats by various Australian Milliners was in the Block Arcade during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
We promenaded along Collins Street and viewed the "Hats Off To The Races" exhibition. After voting for your favourite display, you received a gift bag of samples and vouchers.

Lilac Luscious
Wondering what to buy for that special lady in your life? Then look no further ~ imagine the admiring looks she would receive wearing this beautiful creation of midnight blue adorned with mauve flowers around the crown and a dark violet organza ribbon bow. The perfect accessory for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

Lemon Fantasy
What lady wouldn't want to be seen in this gorgeous piece of millinery confectionery? Featuring a gun-metal grey straw crown overlaid with chartreuse tulle and a silk band, finished with a large silk rose and feather.

Midsummer's Night
For that special occasion ~ a darling little confection of organza beaded swirled ribbon overlayed with butterflies of pastel and the palest of gold satin flowers with diamante centres.

The Cheesemaker
And for every day wear, this practical pink straw with magenta single flower and a swirl of delicate azure netting.

The Milliner
One of the milliners next to her array of hats. The Guest Judges were the Lady Mayoress, Emma Page Campbell; Deputy Lord Mayor, Susan Riley; and Millinery Master Peter Jago.
At the conclusion of the exhibition, the Hatters High Tea Party was held in the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.


Today's Quote: A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armour, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothing and wearing a costume; it's the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it's the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat ~ Martha Sliter

17 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Gorgeous hats!

VP said...

Unbelievable! Does someone ever wear some of these?

~Just me again~ said...

Sometimes, I think if I didn't look bad in hats, I think it would be cool to go back to a time where everyone wears them.

Elettra said...

very pretty

Photo Cache said...

I would love to visit that store, browse and take pictures endlessly. Okay, I'll try those hats too and see what fits me wonderfully.

Pénéloop said...

Folie des chapeaux
Soldes à la Tour Eiffel
Chatouiller le mont Blanc...

Pénéloop

Jacob said...

I thought maybe I'd missed a few months and Easter was at hand!

Actually, they're very cool. And I'm old enough to remember when "well-bred" ladies always wore a hat when out of the house shopping or to church!

I'm not sure they would have worn these particular hats, though. Minnesota women tend to be a little more sedate!

J Bar said...

They look terrific.

brattcat said...

My hat is off to you for this wonderful post.

Randy said...

Those are wonderful. I think everyone should own one! I will make you smile or someone else.

Louis la Vache said...

hmmmm....
Was "Lilac Lucious" made for QEII?

(«Louis» knows - that's borderline blasphemy...)

;-D

Jack said...

Bring them across the pond to Lousiville next May when the Kentucky Derby is running. These beauties would give a little extra jolt to the beplumed ladies.

B SQUARED said...

Wonderful creations.

Bergson said...

wonderful
i want one

Rob and Mandy said...

Wonderful, quite wonderful! But I guess there aren't just enough special days in the year to wear them. What about starting the 'we want more hat holidays' movement?
Or what about wearing them everyday, to go to work, to the supermarket? Imagine, life would be so much better and nicer!

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm delighted by so beautiful hats!I think a woman wearing a hat it's very charming!
They are wonderful, thanks for sharing these pictures!
Léia

arabesque said...

wow! fancy hats indeed!
they're so pretty...
my fave would be the 1st one.
love violets!

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.