Goya Inspired Fascinator Making at The National Gallery

Glam Hatters Are To Host A Goya-Inspired Fascinator Making Workshop at The National Gallery.

We’re are going to be hosting a historical fascinator making workshop at The National Gallery, London. OMG, I know I should be acting all cool about this but can I just repeat that again….

THE GLAM HATTER GIRLS ARE GOING TO BE HOSTING A WORKSHOP ACTUALLY IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY SURROUNDED BY REALLY, REALLY OLD PAINTINGS – IN THE ACTUAL NATIONAL GALLERY!!!

Goya-Inspired Fascinator Making Workshop.

Goya-Inspired Fascinator Making Workshop.

So one Friday afternoon I’m having a coffee with my lovely friend Vicki and I hear my i-phone ping. I have a quick glance to make sure all ok. It’s The National Gallery emailing me to ask if The Glam Hatters would be interested in running a historical fascinator making workshop in the gallery. Vicki and I dance around my studio for a couple of minutes before I send a very excited email back to The National saying, yes please, absolutely, be delighted to, thanks for thinking of us etc etc. You get the picture, I’m a little bit excited.

On the Monday I get myself down to The National to have a look at The Goya ehibition and find I’m a week and a half early, it hasn’t opened yet. No matter, I have a look at The Audrey Hepburn Exhibition, have lunch in the lovely gallery cafe and plan to return a week later!

Audrey Hepburn & Coffee at The National Gallery - just your average Monday!

Audrey Hepburn & Coffee at The National Gallery – just your average Monday!

A week later I set off again, I take Tilly (my 2.5 year old) to the gallery with me to get a second opinion, she loves hats and there are very many of them to point out in the Goya paintings. I am feeling extreamly cool at this point, here I am, a London milliner with my lovely daughter starting her art education early. We get nice smiles from the older generation and puzzled frowns from the younger generation. It’s all going swimmingly until half way round the wonderful exhibition Tilly fills her lungs and shouts, “I want my Daddy and I want to go to the park!!!”

Tiny Glam Hatter Girl at The National Gallery

Tiny Glam Hatter Girl at The National Gallery

I pacify her with a sparkly hair clip in a huge paper bag to play with (well she is MY daughter!) and carry on checking out the beautiful paintings. I’m surprised to find that there are loads of fascinators in the paintings. I think Goya was a bit of a Glam Hatter Girl at heart! Maybe if he was around now he’d be a happy-go-lucky milliner rather than a tortured artist – who knows?!

One of Goya's Glam Hatter Girls!

One of Goya’s Glam Hatter Girls!

The painting at The Goya Exhibiton that I was totally inspired by is The Duchess Of Alba Sun (below). I loved her ribboned fascinator and beaded necklace so it was easy to design a workshop inspired by this painting.

Goya-De Francisco-Jose, The duchess of Alba Sun.

Goya-De Francisco-Jose, The duchess of Alba Sun.

I imagine the original fascinator would have been crafted in ribbons lined with willow. We’ll be using a more modern millinery fabric called sinamay. And to echo the painting’s gorgeous necklace we’ll be adding lovely glass beads to make a vintage looking decoration in the middle of the fascinator. Then to bring it on trend and inspired by the modern day artist, I mean shoe designer – Jimmy Choo, we’ll be adding red tulle. (Or which ever colour you choose from our hat boxes brimming with gorgeous materials.)

Jimmy Choo's latest red shoes with red tulle bows.

Jimmy Choo’s latest red shoes with red tulle bows.


I’d love to see you at our historical fascinator making workshop at The National Gallery. We will be there as part of the Goya Late evening on Friday 27th of November. I’ll be writing a follow up blog post with all the pictures from the fascinator making workshop in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to see the fascinators created inside the walls of The National Gallery!

With Love and Laughter, (and a massive amount of excitement), Glam hatter Girl. xxx

Take a look at the Goya Late Facebook page for details of the evening here.

To book a place on our fascinator making workshop at The National Gallery click here.