Under the Bonnet of British Craftsmanship with Jack Barclay Bentley
This London Craft Week, explore under the bonnet of British craftsmanship with an exhibition of millinery inspired by the elegance and artistry that go into building a luxury Bentley motorcar. Curated by Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart, this showcase brings together work from the UK’s leading milliners, illustrating transferable techniques and inspiration.
For the duration of London Craft Week, Unveiled is taking over the Berkeley Square windows of the Jack Barclay Bentley showroom – Bentley’s oldest retailer. One window displays the curator’s own designs, following a private visit to the Bentley Motors factory, where it takes Bentley’s skilled craftspeople 136 hours to complete the interior trim of a Bentley Mulsanne – the manufacturer’s flagship model. Inspired by the iconic interiors featured in the luxury marque’s models, as well as working with the artisans at Bentley who handcraft them, the milliners have been able to apply the same materials and techniques to create the unique hats on display.
The remaining windows show the work of additional world-class British milliners – each one having been given the design brief of the inspirational Bentley brand. Visitors are also given an exclusive insight into the creation of each hat, with the tools and techniques used to make them presented on bespoke plinths.