Milliners from all over the world have taken part in the 1st Lincoln International Millinery Competition Designs were themed on “The Four Seasons” and there were no limits on the materials that could be used for the creations.
27 Milliners from the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, and Ireland took part and the submissions were judged by Parkin Fabrics, who supply millinery fabrics and materials, Guy Morse-Brown hat block makers/suppliers and Sharon Bainbridge, milliner and lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.
You will be able to see all the hats in the gallery window from 18 December until the 7th January, so if your visiting Lincoln and particularly if it’s cold ,grey , windy , snowy and very seasonal ,they will give you a glimpse of colour, and the days when hats don’t need to me woolly!
It is hoped that the competition will become an annual event, and with enough entries next year there could be a cat walk show as well.
Annette Edger who has organised the event has seen similar competitions in Holland and Australia and is keen to promote millinery in the UK, particularly outside of London, as everything is centred on London and the south of England, putting Lincoln on the map in this profession.