Fashion Fabulous London co-author, Tracy Rose brought a piece of fabulous to London with her stunning hat exhibition curated by Hedman Martynov in Fitzrovia, London.

Passers-by were pressing their noses against the window of Gallery Different and incessantly photographing from the moment Tracy Rose and curator Sofia Hedman were unpacking the first hats for the Hats Off Exhibition the day before it opened. The exhibition was the long awaited celebration of Tracy’s incredible 30-year retrospective of inspirational millinery sculptures. It showcased a massive collection of her original hats and exhibited a vast number of international press photographs and clippings spanning three decades.

Sofia Hedman and Tracy Rose

Before the doors opened, one of the many who were stopped
in their tracks outside the gallery was Kelvin MacKenzie who appears on the SkyNews’ paper review show and who could not tear himself away from the exhibition window prior to the VIP opening. “It’s magnificent! I particularly like the Wave Hat” enthused Kelvin Mackenzie. One of the first guests to arrive was renowned sculptor, David Begbie, who praised Tracy Rose and said ”I love it, it is true art!”

Signed copies of hers and Russell Rose’s new book Fashion
Fabulous London 2012 that was also launched that evening were in great demand
by attending fashionistas and art world movers and shakers who sipped Lavazza espresso martinis throughout the evening at Gallery Different in 14 Percy
Street, Fitzrovia, London.

Amongst the guests were several photographers who had published work of Tracy’s hats that appeared in national newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Metro, Daily Express, Hello and OK! magazine.  As guests wandered around the sea of hats they were also treated to delicious canapés sponsored by Café Concerto and Champagne.

The striking front window included Tracy Rose’s Wave Hat (2005) made in satin and crystal. This innovative sculptural abstract hat plays with the idea of wave movement. On close inspection the striped lines are seen as not symmetrical, creating the illusion of wave flow.  It was worn at the 1st day of Royal Ascot held in York – a one off historical event.
Vase of Flowers (1998) made in blue crystal organza shot with pink. “I was interested in producing the glazed effect of glass. The crystal shot organza was perfect” explained Tracy. The Shell Hat (1995) Lilac Satin Crown, Blue Chiffon Sea with lilac satin shells. “The effect I was producing here was water flowing out of a shell. Further smaller shells appear on the water flow.”

Launch Party pictures were by Fashion photographer Raymondo Marcus

Lavazza Wimbledon Hat 2011

Hats Off Exhibition, 27th October -29th October 2011 was in association with Lavazza – Italy’s Favourite Coffee.

A sea of hats