NHV Hat Competition 2019

City Styles

Welcome to the 14e edition of the NHV International Hat Competition 'City Styles'!

For the 2019 competition, you are asked to design a (cocktail) hat or fascinator with one of the three preselected urban outfits. Each outfit is connected to a leading fashion city, namely Paris, Milan and London.

match 2019 outfitsThe ladies outfit Paris exudes the elegance of the city. It is a black dress, with pearls in it. With the many accessories you can stroll très chic through Paris from one fashion house to another.

outfit Milan is also a ladies outfit. The printed floral green trouser suit is made of a Jacquard fabric. An outfit to be seen as a donna di moda in the shopping streets of Milan.

London creates a new touch in the competition. It is a men's outfit that Savile Row is jealous of. With the velvet jacket and the woolen cloak you are dressed for success in London.


Anyone can register for this competition, whether you are a hobbyist, a professional, advanced or starting hatter, living in the Netherlands or across the border.
An annually changing jury of experts will select from the entries on the basis of originality, quality and hat craftsmanship a selection of 10 nominated hats, from which the winning design will then be chosen.

De the final registration date is 1 February 2019. The maximum number of 50 participants has now been reached, so it is no longer possible to register for this competition.


The submitted designs are on 1 June 2019 presented in an opening show by fashion house Jansen-Noy in Sevenum. After the show, the winners of the design competition will be announced. The competition hats will remain on display in Sevenum after the opening show for several weeks. Further information about this day will follow in March.


The jury members of this year are: Irene van Vugt (hat unhinder and hat maker), Catherine Morse-Brown (employed by Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks), a board member of Jansen-Noy in Sevenum & Eveline van Dael (student at St. Lucas college Boxtel)


The winner will of course receive the silver NHV hat pin. In addition, the following prizes have been made available:

1e price
Voucher fa. De Vroeij worth € 350
Voucher Artipistilos worth € 300
Hat block Guy Morse-Brown worth € 200

2e price
Voucher Plooij Hats & Materials worth € 300
Introduction workshop Fosshape by Pierre & Pierre
Men's model hat block (size 58) Hat templates vd Broek

3e price
Voucher The Trimming Company worth € 300

Audience prize
Workshop of your choice worth € 127 at Zijdenbloem + book 'Silk Flowers & Silk Flower'


The costs for participation are € 35 for members and € 50 for non-members.
Participants have free access to the opening show in June and receive a photo book with all submitted designs after the show.

Submit submission

For all participants applies: your competition hat serves appearance 15 April 2019 to have been received at the delivery address. Send the following information by e-mail as well as by mail (in the box of your competition hat):

  • A picture of your hat on the head of a doll or person
  • A label with the address to which the hat must be returned
  • A post return stamp
  • Explanation about the materials used and your inspiration

Delivery address
p / a NHV
Jozef Israëlsplein 8
2596 AS The Hague

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View previous entries

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