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History

The origins of the unique event belong at the Timaru Festival of Roses, originally a decorated hat competition to enhance the festival Market day on the Bay.

From this came the genus which inspired the vision of a national competition for designers and the NZ Hat & Hair Art Awards, progressing to a staged show in 2005.


In 2010, with the stage performance, magnificent Hat and Hair Art entries and sponsorship all climbing to a new level it was time for the NZ Hat & Hair Art Awards to become a stand-alone event.
Exhibits at Women’s Lifestyle and Home Show, Australasian Hairdressing Awards and models at NZ and Melbourne Cup Days gave opportunities for the Hats to be viewed up close.
While appearances on national TV, “One News” in 2006, “Good Morning” show in 2009 and 2011 have given some necessary exposure and enabled the Awards to develop into a wearable art event, with a point of difference, the glamour of Hat and Hair Art.


A 10 year Retrospective exhibition of NZ Hat & Hair Art was held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in a 5 week lead up to the 2012 Awards show.
With entries now coming from as far afield as Australia, a fresh and innovative theme each year motivates and inspires designers, from any background – artists, florists, hairdressers, graphic designers, milliners, dressmakers, sculptors, and craftspeople – to participate. With an on-going emphasis (part of NZ Hat & Hair Art’s Goal) on encouraging and supporting emerging artists/designers, this platform can be utilized by High School and Tertiary providers to foster and motivate students in this sector.


NZ Hat & Hair Art exhibitions/workshops going nationwide during 2013 offer future entrants the opportunity to see the finer details of previous entries and be encouraged to participate in the NZ Hat & Hair Art – Awards 2014, aptly titled ‘Evolution’.