Five international milliners and a renowned accessories designer are showcasing their collections of headwear and accessories at BurJuman in the run up to the Dubai World Cup.
On display during mall hours, the 10-day long exhibition features the creations of Philip Wright, Marilena Romeo, Lousie MacDonald, Valerie Corona, Celine Robinson and Louise Harrison
Here's the lowdown on these celebrity milliners.
Running the family company's label, Walter Wright Ltd, Philip has been in the business of hats for over 15 years and is famous for customising hats to reflect a client's personality and statement. Philip's hats are very popular with the British royalty.
Fondly described as the Mad Hatter of Australia, Marilena shot into the limelight when she won the coveted Best Hat award at the Dubai World Cup 2007 Style Stakes award. All of Marilena's pieces are handmade, but what really sets her apart is the manner in which she uses traditional skills to create a theatrically inspired range of hatwear.
A milliner for 17 years Lousie began her career in England, making hats for film and television productions. Tom Cruise, Jerry Hall, William Hurt, Minnie Driver have all worn her hats to complement their movie roles.
A new entrant to the exhibition, Valerie's works majors on fresh designs and flattering feminine shapes. She experiments on eccentric piees, frequently for individual commissions, with materials such as leather, cork, plastic, vintage fabrics and paper.
Celine made a foray into hatmaking following a visit to her mother's homeland in Phillipines, where she was struck by the virtues of Sinamay and Abaca fibres. She decided to incorporate these fibres into hats and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, her brand Celine Victoria is famous throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Accessories designer Louise Harrison is a name to reckon with in the UK. Famous for her practical and elegant designs, Louise specializes in embroidered handmade wraps, scarves, bags and floaty chiffon jackets.
The BurJuman Millinery Exhibition is on until March 28.