The 2019 HATalk Hat Making Competition Winners

The theme of the 2019 HATalk Hat Making Competition was Equilibrium and the challenge was to create an original hat or headpiece based on this concept. The competition was open to anyone, anywhere in the world, and was completely free to enter. A fantastic selection of prizes, valuing approximately $4,500 USD, was at stake, as well as the honour of being included in the Official Exhibition of London Hat Week 2019 – World Garden – which will be held at the Menier Gallery from 3-12 April 2019.

After careful deliberation, our expert panel of judges chose the following hats as the First, Second, Third and Fourth Place Winners. The Public Prize winner was decided through an online vote.

First Place

Name of Maker
Stefania Belfiore

Country
Italy

Name of Hat
Equilart

Prize
Enrolment on a 1-Week Residential Millinery Workshop at Chateau Dumas.

Judges’ Comments
Incredibly well made with immaculate corner joints. The underside is as good as the topside. Technically, this is a very difficult design to create – it is hard to keep felt lines so straight. The beauty in the design is reminiscent of an Adele List piece – simple with a very nice finish, clean and balanced. Taking inspiration from Piet Mondrain was a creative way to interpret the equilibrium theme.

View entry HERE.

Second Place

Name of Maker
Laura Del Villaggio

Country
United States of America

Name of Hat
Belinda

Prize
£250 (GBP) Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks voucher, £250 (GBP) Parkin Fabrics voucher and a selection of handmade fabric flowers from M&S Schmalberg.

Judges’ Comments
Superb design and finish. Incredible feather mounting and detail work went into making this headpiece. It is beautifully made with difficult fabrics, including sparterie, and offers an interesting twist on a vintage style.

View entry HERE.

Third Place

Name of Maker
Deborah Marrison-Wood

Country
United Kingdom

Name of Hat
On the Edge

Prize
£150 (GBP) voucher for The Trimming Company, a selection of quality hat making materials from Torb & Reiner and a £25 How2hats voucher.

Judges’ Comments
Very well made and an interesting use of an on-trend shape within the theme. Superb blocking work and a very good finish. The seams are all fully exposed and are extremely neat.

View entry HERE.

Fourth Place