A millinery exhibition and auction in celebration of 125 years of Fenwick of Bond Street. In 1882 a young shop assistant converted a doctors house in a residential area in Newcastle-upon-Tyne into a shop selling silks, dresses and trimmings. With this success the family expanded and purchased the current site in Bond Street in 1891. It continued to specialise in tailoring for women and this ambitious young man then travelled to Paris where he was inspired by the new retailing concept which was emerging there ‘the department store.’ Fenwick remains a family run establishment and is one of my favourite department stores in London. This celebration of Modern Millinery is also to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and all the iconic hats on display are for sale and you are able to bid until 2nd June at Paddle 8 using ‘Brain Tumour Research’ as your search tool to find the auction lots.
The event was well attended and many of the hat designers themselves were there to promote their designs. Stephen Jones, Rosie Olivia and Harvy Santos. These are just a few of the designers who had created a wonderful exhibition of millinery thorough the ages.
Leo Fenwick hosted a lively evening at Fenwick with a fantastic exhibition of millinery. Fenwick are also the official Royal Ascot millinery sponsor. This year includes creations by Stephen Jones, William Chambers, Philip Treacy, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson , Laura Apsit Livens, Laura Cathcart and Harvey Santos. Fenwick has long been renowned for the fantastic accessories department and I think this year in particular it must be the hot ticket to obtain your hat for Royal Ascot at Fenwick of Bond Street.