Temporary exhibition

20 March 2018

Temporary exhibition

“Harvy Santos. Eight Seasons” is the first exhibition of the new program season of the Hat Museum dedicated, in 2018, to the subject “Creating between worlds. From head to toe”.

Harvy Santos is a young hat designer and headpieces that, presently, lives in London.

Born in the Phillipines, Harvy Santos is influenced by a diverse set of cultural and religious dinamics, such as the emotional Marian processions of Catholic devotion that end up dictating his own way of being and seeing the world.

But avant-garde high fashion, pop culture, punk rock and drag performers are also inspirational elements that Harvy fuses with the more traditional elements of his origins. His pieces combine exquisite beauty with a cheeky theatricality in such a way that, today, he is considered as one of the most promising hat designers of our days.

With this exhibition, Portugal welcomes this designer’s exceptionally creative work for the first time. Divided into 8 different collections, the exhibition showcases 81 hats produced between 2014 and 2017.


ABOUT HARVY SANTOS | His artistic career began in Dance having trained at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School. Later on he integrated the Junior Ballet Company of Philipines. In 1997 he entered the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts were he graduated and developed his professional ballet dancer career for six seasons.

However, Harvy Santos fascination to the Fashion world led him to create and produce several costumes and headpieces for important ballet performances such as Paquita or Swan Lake and, even, for some television productions.

In 2005, he left dance behind and devoted himself to design. From 2008, he specialized in the production of hats and headpieces. In the following year he entered in the notorious Kensington and Chelsea College and graduated with distinction in the Millinery course.

Harvy Santos apprenticed with some of the world’s best milliners, such as Noel Stewart and Stephen Jones, creating several pieces for public figures like Kylie Minogue or Lady Gaga, and for several renowned designers, such as Thom Browne, Giles Deacon, Marc Jacobs and John Galliano.

Winner of numerous awards, in 2013 Harvy Santos was considered Hat Designer of the Year by Hat Magazine’s. He also integrates Headonism, a British Fashion Council initiative intended to promote young designers and he features regularly in the Royal Ascot style guide. His pieces are used by influential Pop divas as Hebe Tien or Lady Gaga.