It’s officially Art Month in the UAE. With the Sharjah Biennale currently underway and Sikka Art Fair and Art Dubai set to kick off in Dubai in the upcoming weeks, there’s plenty for art-philes to see and do. Chiefly among them is an exclusive photo series by French designer and artist Bruno Fuscien-Trasan. “Ladies Hats” is an eight-month long visual exhibition set to take place at Dubai’s La Galerie Nationale — a gallery specializing in 20th century art — from March 18 to October 10.
The series of photographs all depict vintage and haute couture hats made between 1920 to 1960 designed by the likes of Christian Dior, Edna Wallace, and John Boyd, shot against a black backdrop. The exhibition aims to celebrate the art of millinery and shed a light on the exquisite craftsmanship of the designers and creators who crafted them. “A photo captures a moment in time, and I wanted to use the medium of photography to immortalize these stunning hats, pay homage to the ladies who wore them, and capture the memories and the secrets they hold,” explains Fuscien-Trasan.
Each of the exhibited images will be accompanied by a selection of authentic vintage hats that are featured in the photographs, and which belong to Lynda Kirby’s private collection. Kirby, who moved to Dubai over 15-years-ago, is an avid collector of vintage accessories and founder of Audrey’s Cat, a boutique that focuses on antique jewelry and accessories from the 1800’s through the 1980’s.
In the gallery below, your first look at “Ladies Hats” before it’s unveiling on March 14.