The excitement continued when the doors opened to the public for just two days at the Hats Off Exhibition, an amazing 30-year retrospective of inspirational millinery sculptures by Fashion Fabulous London co-author, Tracy Rose. Well attended by both art and fashion enthusiasts of all ages, many people found the exhibition compelling and mesmerising with lots saying that it made their day and leaving totally elated.

The exhibition was curated by Hedman Martynov and took place at one of London’s hottest new galleries, Gallery Different in 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London. Showcasing a massive collection of Tracy Rose’s original hats curator Sofia Hedman and graphic designer Serge Martynov also created two walls exhibiting a vast selection of international press photographs and clippings spanning three decades.

Visitors sipped a wonderful choice of delicious Lavazza coffees while taking in the spectacle. An expert barista was in great demand and used the latest Lavazza A Modo Mio espresso machines. Many people took the opportunity to get their personally signed copies of Tracy and Russell Rose’s new book Fashion Fabulous London 2012. The book is available at Waterstone’s,  Harrods, Selfridges, Joseph, Daunt, Foyles,  Oliver Bonas, Amazon and all major bookshops  priced  £12.99.

Amongst the exhibits was the dramatic and vibrant Zig Zag Hat, created in 2008, made from purple, pink, turquoise and red satin. It appeared in the Daily Mail, The Times and many other publications.

Tracy Rose was the first to create motion in millinery and the Abstract Hat, 2007, satin (main picture), is an early example.  The idea here is to transform the conventional image of a static hat into a dynamic one. In this picture also is the Candy Hat, 1998, 2003, Marabou feathers (right) and Futuristic Rose, 2009 silk (left). The Candy Delight 1999, 2003 (image 2) is double brimmed with black, pink and yellow Marabou feathers and black lace-up.

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

Image of Fashion Fabulous London 2012 books were taken by photographer Raymondo Marcus  Image No1 by Chris Hatton