Their brief? To create eye-catching new headwear for London landmarks, including Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square, Queen Victoria on Blackfriars Bridge and William Shakespeare in Leicester Square.
The rest of the world sees hats as an innately British thing so this is a great celebration of that, our eccentricity and our talent for millinery, Jones told the Telegraph.
So it is that the mounted sculpture of King George IV in Trafalgar Square wears Joness creation, a gilded onion dome of a hat with echoes of the monarchs Brighton Pavilionplus a matching topper for Georges horse. Lord Nelson wears Sylvia Fletcher and Lock & Cos Union Jack-covered bicorn hat, with an Olympic torch in place of a feather. Philip Treacy created a giant version of his mirrored saucer hat for the sculpture of General Sir Henry Havelock, also in Trafalgar Square.
Grant designed a red tasselled hat for The Lady on Victoria Embankment, and Atkinson drew inspiration from a traffic conebut one trimmed with a pigeon wearing his trademark cherries.
It is a complete honour to be involved, both to be included with 20 other GREAT milliners, but also because it is More