Hatwalk event brought to life in London
Facelift Access Hire had the pleasure of helping out with London’s HATWALK project, - it's been one year in the planning and then last night 20 of London’s most iconic statues were adorned with new hats, Facelift helped out with HGV powered access to the tallest, including Nelsons Column and George the IV in Trafalgar Square, the Angel of Peace and The Duke of Wellington at Wellington Arch, and Shakespeare in Leicester Square. Cherry pickers used included the Bronto 61, Bronto 52, and Ascendants 22s and 18s.
This was all part of the visual spectacular that is HATWALK, commissioned by the Mayor of London, in partnership with BT, Grazia magazine, the British Fashion Council and the London 2012 Festival, Trafalgar Square’s most famous resident, Admiral Lord Nelson, gets a new hat for the first time in 200 years.
Lock & Co, the oldest hatters in London, established in 1676, and famed for making Nelson’s original bicorn hat, has created an updated version complete with Olympic torch as a nod to a summer like no other in this city. Nelson is one of 20 well-known statues from William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, currently starring in the millinery extravaganza across the city.
Curated by world renowned British milliners, Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy; HATWALK brings together 21 emerging and established designers to showcase British millinery at its very best. Culminating in Trafalgar Square, the project celebrates London’s standing as a global capital of millinery, but also emphasises the city’s important and rich heritage by bringing these illustrious but sometimes overlooked statues to life in new exciting ways. Once the fantastic display has finished all of the hats will be auctioned off to raise money for the Mayor's Fund for good causes.
“You’ve got to take your hats off to London. Our city is a melting pot of creativity right at the forefront of global fashion and design. The cutting edge style and imagination of London’s millinery talent is feted worldwide, and is setting the international catwalks alight. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the heritage of British millinery and its contribution to our fair city than by dressing our most noble of statues, including our most heroic son, Nelson in creations dreamt up by our leading visionaries. In this summer like no other, we have come up with a series of spectacular surprises and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will be popping up throughout the capital. HATWALK is just one of these, so keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming next!” - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
More pictures in our photo gallery