I went to a great exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery yesterday. An exhibition of hats. It's on a world tour from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).
'Hats: An Anthology' wasn't my first choice for an afternoon out on Anzac Day - Australia's day to remember and honour the men and women who have fought in world wars and regional conflicts. If we all wore funny hats would we have the time or the inclination to go to war?
So there I was fascinated by the fascinators.I am in a room
of subdued light
surrounded by hundreds of women
and a few men.
'I'll meet you at the cafeteria'
'Have you had your fill already?'
and smiles an understanding smile
turning her gaze to the glowing cases
In this room of hats
women stand transfixed by
and their creations
full of whimsy
full of flair
and feather fancies for one off occasions,
face to face with celebrities
and their indulgences.
Elegance for Queen Mothers
dash and daring for leading ladies
a head of fluffing feathers
to distract from ageing features
Mick Jagger's swagger in a hat
And hundreds of kids
making their own creations
from the simplest of materials.
every bit as wild
as Stephen Jones and
Can't tell the real from the unreal
The centre piece is a workroom
of scraps and wooden block heads (no offence)
works in progress, drawings
and there in the furthest corner
a beanie from the local Brisbane football team
milleners have a sense of humour
and on a twenty foot screen
in a top hat.
I was sure he'd have a cane.
Stephen Jones and hats
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