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The London Hat Show at the Menier Gallery

Avec 2006, the annual London Hat Show showcasing young international milliners, has opened at the Menier Gallery in Southwark Street.

Karen Henriksen with her hats and caps
Karen Henriksen with her hats and caps


The exhibition space, usually used for art shows, has been filled with varied colourful creations. The Bailey Tomlin stand has pictures of their hats being worn around Borough Market.

A Bailey Tomlin hat in Borough  Market
A Bailey Tomlin hat in Borough Market


Van der Broek from The Netherlands shows a large selection of wooden blocks together with many of the tools required for shaping a hat.

The Hat House Display
The Hat House Display


A view of Tress House from the Hat Treasures of SE1 film
A view of Tress House from the Hat Treasures of SE1 film


International films being shown throughout the day include a new ten minute short called The Hat Treasures of SE1 featuring Stephen Humphrey highlighting Southwark's hat making industry dating from the Middle Ages. He tells of Christie's factory in Bermondsey Street and bowler hats being made in Southwark Bridge Road.

• Avec 2006: The London Hat Show is at the Menier Gallery in the Chocolate Facory, 51 Southwark Street; 10am-6pm (Sat 5pm) until Saturday 29 April; admission 1.

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