2020 HATalk Hat Making Competition

For the 2020 HATAlk Competition, we are challenging you to create an original hat or headpiece using the word TIMELESS as the concept for your design.

This is an abstract theme which can be defined and interpreted in any number of ways. As always, we want you to be as creative as possible!

The First, Second, Third and Fourth place winners will be chosen by our expert judges, who will base their decisions on the following criteria:

  • Quality of workmanship
  • Originality of design
  • Theme interpretation

One Public Prize winner will be chosen through an online vote.

The HATalk Competition is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, and entry is free of charge. 


This is a photo-based competition so the judges will make their decision based on the images that you submit. To show your entry at its best, please provide high quality photographs. If possible, photograph your hat on a real person as this will help the judges to get a better idea of the fit and balance. For examples of outstanding entries, check out our past HATalk Competition winners.

Also, please do not enter hats or headpieces that have previously been entered into any other exhibition, competition or contest. We are looking for original pieces which have not been submitted for judging before.

A full list of the competition rules and image requirements can be found at the bottom of this page.

The closing date is Thursday, 5 March 2020 at midnight (GMT).

To complete your online entry form, CLICK HERE.

The Prizes

A fantastic selection of prizes, valuing over $5,000 USD, will be shared between the five winners. The exact allocation of prizes will be decided by the competition organisers.

Chateau Dumas

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

This prize includes chateau accommodation (7 nights), all meals (except one dinner which is taken at a restaurant at guests’ cost), 5 days of full-time tuition on a 2021 or 2022 Chateau Dumas millinery workshop of the winner’s choice (subject to availability), as well as local trips to markets and hat factories. Chateau Dumas is an elegant 18th century chateau and estate near Toulouse in southwest France. Lying at the heart of French hat-making, Chateau Dumas is a centre for millinery and other creative residential workshops, including textiles and themed weeks.

Not included in the prize are flights to Toulouse, airport transfers and millinery materials (foundation materials, however, are included). The free enrollment must be taken on one of the 2021 or 2022 workshops (subject to availability of a place). This prize was worth approximately 2600€ (EUR) at the time of publishing. The exact value is subject to change. This prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged or substituted for its cash value.


Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks Ltd

£350 Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks Voucher

A £350 (GBP) voucher to spend at Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks Ltd. Voucher may be used toward shipping costs and will expire on December 31, 2020.


Plooij Hats and Materials

300€ Plooij Hats and Materials Voucher

A 300€ (EUR) voucher for the Plooij Hats and Materials online millinery shop. Voucher may be used toward shipping costs.


Plooij Hats and Materials

300€ Artipistilos Millinery Supplies & Hat Materials Voucher

A 300€ (EUR) voucher for quality hat making materials by Artipistilos Millinery Supplies. The material cannot be exchanged or substituted for their cash value. The credit may be used toward shipping costs and for multiple orders.


Parkin Fabrics

£250 Parkin Fabrics Voucher

A £250 (GBP) credit to spend at Parkin Fabrics. Credit may be used toward shipping costs and for multiple orders.