Recap: ‘Night and Day’ with the Milliners Guild

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 at 12:34 pm by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

The Milliners Guild, an organization of people who design, produce, and promote handmade headwear, recently presented an exhibit called “Night and Day” at the National Arts Club.

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Each milliner created one hat for evening and one for daytime, in keeping with the theme (inspired, of course, by the Cole Porter song). Approximately 30 designers and 60 hats participated in the exhibit.

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Barbara J. Volker, of Barbara J. Volker Millinery. Photo: Lori Greenberg

At the opening, most of the 300 attendees dressed to the nines, putting on their best chapeaus, filling the room with walking works of art.

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Valerie and Jean, the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas (flanking Teddy Roosevelt). Photo: Lori Greenberg

We recognized many of our favorite milliners, including those who have stores, workspaces, or are sold on the Lower East Side/East Village. For instance – Lisa Shaub Fine Millinery, Anne DePasquale, and Barbara J. Volker Millinery.

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Anne DePasquale, with some of her creations. Photo: Lori Greenberg

We also were happy to see a range of milliners from other neighborhoods, including Evetta Petty’s Harlem’s Heaven Boutique, Linda Pagan’s The Hat Shop, Ellen Christine Millinery, and Kathy Anderson’s Hats by Kat and Accessories Too.

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Evetta Petty, of Harlem’s Heaven Boutique, with her creations. Photo: Lori Greenberg

Also represented were Mad Hatters from other boroughs, such as (Milliners Guild President) Linda Ashton’s Linda Ashton Unusual Fine Millinery, Wanda Chambers’ Once Upon A Hat, Aaron Keppel’s ID Designs, Guy Carsone, and Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute.

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Milliners Guild President Linda Ashton of Linda Ashton Unusual Fine Millinery. Photo: Lori Greenberg

The Milliners Guild is known for their exuberant and welcoming hat parades, held on various holidays (including celebrating the patron saint of hats on St Catherine’s Day). They also participate in the Easter Parade. To get involved or find out more, you can go to the Milliners Guild site and also their facebook page.

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