CALLING ALL ASPIRING DESIGNERS AND CRAFTERS

Garden Theatre is seeking designs for a hat to be featured in Hello, Dolly!. The winning design will be the basis of the hat worn by Irene Molloy in “Ribbons Down My Back.”

“Ribbons Down My Back” is an iconic song in which milliner Irene dreams of the new love she can find during the summer. She places her wishes on a fantastic new hat, hoping that streaming ribbons will catch someone’s eye. 

Link to the lyrics of “Ribbons Down My Back.”

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

1. Hat color scheme must complement the rosy pink colors in the swatch image below. 

2. Ribbons must trail off the back of the hat an approximate length between 14″ and 19″ (no longer than 20″). 

3. Hat design and build should be ornate, but not so much as to overpower the wearer. 

4. Hat should be wearable.

JUDGING

Photos of the hat should be mailed to dollyhatcontest@gardentheatre.org by July 10. 

This contest will be judged by Hello Dolly!‘s Costume Designer and Garden Theatre’s Artistic Director.

The winning hat will be needed at the theatre by July 17. An in-person review of the hat will be conducted to determine if the hat can be included as-is, or if the Costume Designer will incorporate the design into a finished product. 

PRIZES

The winner will receive two tickets to a performance of Hello, Dolly!

The winner will also be credited in the digital playbill for Hello, Dolly!.

DESIGN INSPIRATION AND COLOR PALETTE

Our Costume Designer has provided the inspiration images below. The hat should reflect the styles of this time period. 

Irene Molloy will be dressed in the colors below: the hat must complement these shades. 

Good luck! We can’t wait to see all of your wonderful designs!