Tea for the Hottest of Heads!
Richmond-based Mad Hatter Tea Company is sponsoring the launch of a new exhibition of hats and headgear provided by contemporary and internationally renowned milliners including Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones and Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
“Hot Heads” opens to the public this Friday, 13th July 2012 and is the brainchild of the Hat Works Museum in Stockport, Cheshire – the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry. It features many different kinds of headgear from the best of the best, with each milliner telling their own story behind their creations.
In the year of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it is seen as the perfect time to celebrate the unique talents of British milliners. Headwear featured in the exhibition is on loan from Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, Zara Gorman, William Chambers, Noel Stewart, Sylvia Fletcher, Edwina Ibbotson, Karen Henricksen and J Smith Esquire.
The exhibition is expected to attract interest from a wide audience, including students who are interested in fashion and design and those who are already involved in the millinery business.
Sponsorship of the launch event, which takes place on Thursday, 12th July, is seen as the start of a growing relationship between the Mad Hatter Tea Company and the Hat Works Museum, following talks to explore mutually beneficial projects and the synergy between both organisations.
Mad Hatter’s unique blend of tea will be served to over 100 corporate, VIP and partner guests as they attend a quintessentially English tea party in the Hat Works Museum. Alongside the tea will be homemade cakes and scones, complemented by vintage-style designer tea sets and exquisitely decorated tables.
“We are thrilled to be able to associate our unique tea product with this amazing exhibition,” says Mad Hatter Tea Managing Director, Judith Harrison. “Just as the exhibition shows an abundance of millinery talent and creativity in this country, we are also very good at providing great beverages and in Mad Hatter Tea we feel we have a tea that really does hit the spot.”
Operators of the Hat Works Museum have been so impressed with the tea that they are to make it available to the public within a newly refurbished Museum Shop. The tea will also be served from the Museum Café from now on.
“The idea of cutting edge British millinery, a unique Hat Museum, full-flavoured tea from an aptly-named company and designer table-ware makes for a perfect combination with which to hold our preview evening”, said event organizer, Alison Farthing.
Hat Works Museum was opened to the public in year 2000. There are two floors of interactive exhibits which look at the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. It is home to a re-created hat factory with 20 fully-restored working Victorian-style machines and a collection of over 400 hats. Hat Works Museum, Wellington Street, Stockport SK3 0EU. Tel 0161 355 7770 or 0161 474 2386. www.hatworks.org.uk
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