Chapeaux! Hats of Queen Beatrix
From 23 March 2017 museum Paleis Het Loo will be showing the exhibition ‘Chapeaux! Hats of Queen Beatrix’. The reign of Queen Beatrix is illustrated by more than a hundred hats.
queen and milliner
During her reign, that lasted 33 years from 1980 to 2013, Queen Beatrix always wore hats at many special occasions: during state visits, receptions, countless openings and award ceremonies, at the official opening of the Dutch parliament and on Queen’s Day. The many hats created a recognisable and familiar image for the monarch and became part of her ‘representative work outfit’.
In the exhibition, creations by milliners Harry Scheltens, Emy Bloemheuvel and Suzanne Moulijn are given a central position, and these are combined with pictures of the occasions on which they were worn. The hat is never an isolated accessory, but is always chosen, designed and coloured in combination with the rest of the outfit, frequently in close consultation between queen and milliner. The hats show a surprisingly wide range of possibilities in colour, material, decoration and a creative play between line and shape.