Justin Smith

MA work

The Performative Hat

The hat as prop in the worlds of circus, variety, music hall, cabaret, burlesque, striptease, magic etc.

The Master of Ceremonies’ top hat… the clown’s slapstick comedy hat… the hat juggled with… the contortionist doffing the hat with her toes… the ostrich plumes of the fan dancer, the performing dog in a hat…

Each hat has been tailored to an individual burlesque or circus performer and is designed to be performed with.

The styling for the collection is based on a Victorian funeral and circus freak show.

A dance of the dead!

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2007

    Specialism

    Millinery

  • The Performative Hat

    The hat as prop in the worlds of circus, variety, music hall, cabaret, burlesque, striptease, magic etc.

    The Master of Ceremonies’ top hat… the clown’s slapstick comedy hat… the hat juggled with… the contortionist doffing the hat with her toes… the ostrich plumes of the fan dancer, the performing dog in a hat…

    Each hat has been tailored to an individual burlesque or circus performer and is designed to be performed with.

    The styling for the collection is based on a Victorian funeral and circus freak show.

    A dance of the dead!

  • Awards

  • First prize, Hat Designer of the Year, 2006