Get the lowdown on the most stylish Dubai World Cup hats from top milliners
Louise Emma Clarke
The city’s most glamorous will be rocking their hats at the 20th Dubai World Cup on March 28, and with BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition taking place this week, there’s plenty to get you inspired. Philip Wright
British-born Philip Wright trained at the prestigious London College of Fashion and regularly receives commissions from celebrities, members of royalty and dignitaries.
For the last 15 years, her has been running the family’s millinery label Walker Wright, the oldest remaining family-owned hat company in the UK, founded by Wright’s great grandfather in 1889. A pioneering hat-maker of the 1980’s, he is credited for introducing a new genre of dramatic hats available to the high street market. And while his creations comprise popular picks at the biggest department stores in London, and are featured in theatrical productions and films, he also offers bespoke consultations at his studio. Average cost of hat: Dhs1,600. Liza Georgia
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Georgia grew up with a love for fashion and arts in the company of her grandmother, who taught her to embrace style as a natural extension of her personality. She attended the Ascot School of Millinery and was taught by a team of highly respected milliners. After recognizing her potential, Georgia’s skills were honed in the old-school, traditional methods of hat-making. Later, she enrolled into the Melbourne School of Fashion to study Millinery Construction and Design. One of Liza Georgia’s exclusive hats won the Best Hat title at the Jaguar Style Stakes 2014 at the Dubai World Cup last year. Her hats have also made it to the final rounds of Jaguar Style Stakes at Dubai World Cup in 2011 and 2012. Average cost of hat: Dhs1,600.
As a child raised amongst women who wore a lot of hats, Nigerian-born Ita Kingsley began to sketch original designs as a teenager and went on to try his hand at millinery – manipulating old hats and transforming them into fresher, new designs using local accessories. From simple bow replacements to embellishing old hats with feathers, beads and trimming, Kingley’s skills paved the way for his millinery line called ITAM by King’s Signature. His designs make regular appearances in the style and fashion pages of Nigerian and UAE publications and also have been displayed at the Veuve Clicquot Millinery Showcase in Nigeria and the BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition. Average cost of hat: Dhs2,700.
Australian milliner Sandy Aslett took a leap of faith by leaving behind the corporate world and training to become a full-time milliner with her signature line Hats by Sandy A. Aslett’s creations epitomize her years of training, which she received under some of the finest Australian and overseas millinery. While preserving the traditional millinery values and techniques at its core, the label has evolved to embrace new materials and fabrics sourced from around the globe that are sometimes edgy, sometimes quirky and sometimes conjuring up images of a bygone era. Her collection is known for its vibrant colours that reflect Australian life, with hues ranging from the palette of the coral reefs to the rich ochres of the ‘outback’ country. Aslett also specializes in made to measure commissioned pieces that are often designed to complement a client’s specific outfit. Average cost of hat: Dhs1,400.
For more hats head to the BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition. Free to attend. March 19-27, 10am-10pm. BurJuman, Trade Centre Road, Bur Dubai (04 352 0222).