Celebrating Textile Month with The Garment District Alliance and ‘The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio’

 

 

 

The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance.

Let’s celebrate New York Textile Month with The Garment District Alliance’s new public art installation, The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio, featuring a fashionable display of beautiful textiles, millinery tools and fall hats designed by 24 member of The Milliners Guild.

The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance

‘The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio’, by nonprofit organization, The Milliners Guild, presents in this exhibition hand-sewn and hand-blocked hats featuring the group’s signature colors, including white, coral and black, and are created with fur felt, which is a staple material utilized by the hat industry for hundreds of years.

The hat-maker’s window installation marks the Guild’s second exhibition this year. Most recently, the group exhibited its Campand Instruments of Rock & Roll themed creations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Mezzanine Gallery.

The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance

The Milliners Guild is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase awareness of the skillset and products used in the trade. The Guild’s members include milliners, millinery small business owners and millinery students. The group supports those who design, produce and promote handmade headwear, and since its inception in 2007, its grown into a platform for members across the U.S., offering education, access to resources and global exposure.

The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the creative economy, including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance.

Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through October 9th. The Milliners Guild’s hat-maker’s window installation is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over the past 15 years, has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.

“We’re excited to welcome this vibrant window installation to the Garment District as we celebrate the beginning of fall in the neighborhood,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “The Milliners Guild exhibit represents the Garment District’s deep roots in the fashion industry and we’re proud to celebrate New York Textile Month with these beautifully crafted hats.”

The Ultimate Hat-Maker’s Studio will be on view through October 9, 2019 in the street-level window located at 215 West 38th Street, NYC.

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