Yesterday in the BT House down in Hyde Park in London, Grazia’s Style Director, Paula Reed, and HATWALK Curator and Milliner to the stars, Stephen Jones, took to the stage along with Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold to explain more about the secrets of HATWALK as well as taking questions from the public.
Stephen and Paula talk about some of the challenges involved in the mounting of the hats on the statues. For example, the rigorous tests the hats went through, that the hats had to be plastic or another non-conductive material – and Stephen lets us in on the fact that concealed within the Olympic torch which decorates the hat is a lightening conductor! In this way, the Hats are prepared for any eventuality.
Has anyone tried to take the hats off, asked Richard – Stephen explains that in fact, the turban from Beau Brummel was taken down – in error, by a street cleaner – although now it has been restored to its position on Beau’s head in Jermyn Street thanks to the alarm secreted inside the hat!
Backstage Paula and Stephen reflect on why hats are such an apt choice for London. Stephen said ‘Around the world, people tend to associate us with hats now. Historically of course, this was always true. But I think nowadays thanks to things like the Royal Wedding, and the Jubilee, people around look and see someone with a crazy hat on and think; “oh they must be British”. Hats really are representative of British culture.'
We couldn't have put it better ourselves, Mr Jones.