Bernstock Speirs 30 - Free Exhibition to celebrate 30 years of the offbeat milliners

Bernstock Speirs 30 – Free Exhibition to celebrate 30 years of the offbeat milliners

Bernstock Speirs 30 | 14th – 24th November | Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10 – 6pm Saturday – 11 – 6pm | Fred (London) Ltd. 17 Riding House Street London W1W 7DS | FREE

Come and see this incredible free exhibition at Fred London showcasing the iconic work of Bernstock Speirs, famed for the Kylie hat we fell in love with back in 1988.

Bananarama with Bernstock Speirs Hats

Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs met whilst studying Fashion/Textiles at Middlesex University. In 1982, inspired by the underground club & music scene, they began making hats and established the label Bernstock Speirs.

Challenging traditional ideas of millinery they seduced a new generation of hat wearers with their witty, fashionable and innovative style.

The exhibition will include some of their iconic pieces presented in large scale multi-format, working drawings, look books and brochures featuring celebrity clients including French & Saunders, Miranda Richardson, Bananarama, Jimmy Somerville and Courtney Pine. Also being shown are two Bernstock Speirs hat films made in the late 1980’s by the artist Isaac Julien.

A limited edition print and a special edition Bunny Cap will be exclusively available at the gallery.

Designer collaborations include: Peter Jensen, Richard Nicoll, House of Holland, Louise Gray, Emma Cook, The Rodnik Band, Erin Fetherston, Lou Dalton, Agnes B. and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

International Stockists include: Liberty, Dover Street Market (UK). Colette, Le Bon Marche (France). Penelope (Italy). Elite (Spain). 10 Corso Como (Korea). Tsventnoy Central Market (Russia). Opening Ceremony (US). The Standard Store (Australia). Isetan, Beams, DSM Ginza (Japan).

Jimmy Somerville with Bernstock Speirs Hat



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