Hatwalk to showcase local milliner’s designs

City of Culture inspired hat designed by local milliners John Paul and Katrina Gormley
City of Culture inspired hat designed by local milliners John Paul and Katrina Gormley

A local milliner has organised a special Hatwalk event to showcase Irish designers and raise vital funding for Brain Tumour Research.

The best of Irish millinery will be showcased at the charity event next month and fashionistas will also have the chance to get their hands on a hat designed by a celebrity milliner.

Phillip Treacey, milliner to stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga, is a patron of Brain Tumour Research and has donated one of his fantastic hats to Hatwalk to be auctioned during the show.

Local milliner John Paul Gormley has designed an exclusive City Of Culture collection of dresses and headwear to celebrate Derry’s status as City of Culture 2013.

The collection will be unveiled at Hatwalk, as well as showcasing work by a fantastic line up of designers.

They include award winning Belfast milliner Gráinne Maher, Leitrim native Jennifer Wrynne, County Down’s Mariana O’Reilly and Tyrone based Leonora Ferguson.

With the many talented designers involved in the event, Hatwalk is set to be a must attend event for the North West’s most fashionable.

All money raised will go to Brain Tumour Research. The event will be held on the charity’s annual ‘Wear a Hat Day’ which aims to raise awareness about the prevalence of brain tumours and the need for crucial research.

Sue Farrington-Smith, Director of Brain Tumour Research, comments: “Brain Tumour Research receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending in the UK, yet this deadly disease kills more children and people under the age of 40 than any other cancer. ‘Wear a Hat Day’ is a fun way of increasing awareness and getting people raising money for an often overlooked form of cancer and we are delighted that Hatwalk is supporting Brain Tumour Research”.

As part of Hatwalk, the organisers have launched a competition to find the new up and coming designers in the world of millinery.

The competition is open to all designers and entrants are asked to design a unique and fashion forward design that captures the spirit of “Wear A Hat Day” and Derry’s status as the UK’s first “City of Culture” The lucky finalists will have their designs modelled on the catwalk before an overall winner is chosen by the judging panel live during Hatwalk.

Hatwalk takes place on March 28 in the Hastings Everglades Hotel.

Tickets are on sale now from www.hatwalk.info and John Paul Millinery, Great James Street.

You can find more information about Hatwalk at www.hatwalk.info