Hats Off! IMA Fashion Arts Society's 2nd Annual Hat Luncheon
Tis the season to don your hat and showcase your grace and taste - simple or grandiose, custom-made or off the rack, fun ones, silly ones or big, frilly ones!
At the peak of the spring social season, we invite you to a fanciful hat luncheon celebrating the third anniversary of the IMA’s Fashion Arts Society. Guests will enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the exhibition, Majestic African Textiles, followed by a special presentation by Michael Cunningham, author and photographer of the book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats. At the conclusion of the luncheon, hat-themed prizes for men and women will be presented by our esteemed panel of judges. Not to worry, hatless heads are also welcome.
Schedule of Events
Exhibition Sneak Peek: Guests are invited to visit the IMA’s Dorit and Gerald Paul Textile and Fashion Arts galleries for an exclusive preview of the latest exhibition: Majestic African Textiles. Exhibition opens to the public on May 3.
Talk: Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, by author and photographer, Michael Cunningham in DeBoest Lecture Hall
Registration / Networking / View new IMA/FAS acquisitions by Andre Courrèges, Christian Lacroix and Yohji Yamamoto
Luncheon, Remarks, Hat Chat, and Prizes
$50 FAS Members / $65 Non-members (Before April 19)
$75 after April 20 (Deadline: April 26)
$400 Tables (8 people/table)
Proceeds benefit the FAS Acquisition Fund
Please send payment and RSVP to:
Patti Curran, 8202 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46260
Or call IMA ticket line: 1-877-462-8497
Hats Off! Award Categories
The Fashion Arts Society is pleased to announce that all attendee hats worn at the luncheon will automatically be entered into a hat contest for which prizes will be awarded. Hats may be purchased, borrowed or designed by the wearer. Winning hats will be selected by a panel of three judges. Hat award categories and criteria are as follows:
This category includes church hats, derby hats, and other dramatic pieces that make an undeniable statement that engender “Hattitude!” As in Michael Cunningham’s work, we pay homage to these courageous and creative hat wearers.
This award honors the tres chic i.e., “Very Smart” stylish Fashion forward hat creation. The African-American movie icon of the 1920s – 60s, Josephine Baker, became a French citizen and an internationally elegant example of high fashion style. Hence the phrase: “tres chic!”
This award celebrates African inspired headdresses honoring the crowns from African cultures. Elaborate headpieces made of cloths, fiber, wood, metals, and animal skins – adorned with feathers, beads, shells and other exotic materials. Be creative!
Out of Africa - Robert Redford
A man’s man style of rugged elegance or dashing bravado; this category includes vintage or men’s contemporary hats.
Out of Africa - Meryl Streep
Romantic creations reflecting the imaginative and nonconformist, independent woman is honored as is her vintage or vintage-inspired hat.
From hat to toe, this best of show award was created for our inaugural Hats Off! luncheon in 2012. Once again, it is presented to this year’s best all-around ensemble.
Questions? Email Event Chair Kimann Schultz.