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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Deconstructing the most creative hat at the Dubai World Cup 

Dubai artist Charlotte Hudders wore a creation that had a woman’s face made of bent wire

Charlotte Hudders, right, won the Most Creative Hat contest. Reem Mohammed / The National
Charlotte Hudders, right, won the Most Creative Hat contest. Reem Mohammed / The National

While the horses thundered around the track at Dubai World Cup on March 31, off-field a very different contest was taking place. As one of Dubai biggest social events, thousands turned out in their finery to try and bag one of the coveted Best Dressed titles. This year’s award for Most Creative Hat (always a favourite category), went to Dubai-based artist Charlotte Hudders, who looked to the work of other artists as inspiration. Handmade for the occasion, Hudders’ hat consisted of a woman’s face made of bent wire, inspired by the work of French artist Henri Matisse.

Charlotte Hudders winning Most Creative hat.
Charlotte Hudders winning Most Creative hat.

Known for creating paintings lavish with pattern, Matisse also produced works of absolute simplicity, portraits executed in one fluid line. His works have a curious warmth to them, with faces often carrying half-smiles, which Hudders’ was also able to capture.

F2Y163 Portrait of a Woman - Portrait d'une femme 1948 Henri Matisse 1869 – 1954 France French. Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
Portrait of a Woman by Henri Matisse. Alamy Stock Photo

In addition - to this author's eye at least - Hudders’ hat also seems to have taken inspiration from the work of American sculptor Alexander Calder, who is most famous for his delicate kinetic mobiles. Calder’s early work, however, was sculptural depictions of animals and faces, made entirely from bent wire. Just like Hudders’ hat, his sculptures were made to be seen in the round, with the faces shifting as the viewer moves, bringing it curiously to life.

Whatever the inspiration, Hudders is a worthy winner, showing off her creativity and skill, rather than just the depth of her pockets.

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