The Milliners Guild represents another side of hat-wearing at the annual Headwear Association dinner!
by Wanda Chambers
The 111th Headwear Association Dinner and Fashion Show was held at Central Park's Loeb Boathouse in NYC on April 12. The annual dinner is a unique opportunity for milliners, who often work alone or with a small staff, to network with large manufacturers. While everyone at the event is technically a competitor, the mood is always supportive and friendly. Everyone looks forward to returning the next year.
The event kicked off with the business meeting. The most relevant issue for milliners that we discussed was California's enactment last August of Proposition 65, the regulation of trims and other components used in the manufacture of hats.
After the meeting, attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, photos, and networking. During dinner, various awards were presented, including the annual award to a Fashion Institute of Technology student of millinery. The culminating event was the hat fashion show, which included 14 hats by Milliners Guild members along with hats from various manufacturers.