Britain's millinery talent has been heralded in the capital as some of London's most famous statues were transformed with bespoke headwear.
Hatwalk has been commissioned by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to give a nod to some of Britain’s best hat makers, and sees Trafalgar’s most famous resident, Admiral Lord Nelson, adorning a new hat for the first time in 200 years.
Lock & Co , the oldest hatters in London, established in 1676, and famed for making Nelson's original bicorn hat, has created an updated version, complete with Olympic torch to mark the on-going Games.
Lord Nelson is just one of 20 statues to adopt a new hat in celebration of British millinery. Sir Henry Havelock, King George IV and Charles James Napier have also been given a makeover.
The fashion spectacular has been curated by world renowned British milliners Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy and brings together 21 emerging and established designers to showcase the art at its very best.
In partnership with BT, Grazia magazine, the British Fashion Council and the London 2012 Festival, Hatwalk has strived to transform these statues of British heritage and bring them to life in an exciting way.
Mayor Johnson said: “You’ve got to take your hats off to London. Our city is a melting pot of creativity right at the forefront of global fashion and design.
"The cutting edge style and imagination of London’s millinery talent is feted worldwide, and is setting the international catwalks alight.
"I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the heritage of British millinery and its contribution to our fair city than by dressing our most noble of statues, including our most heroic son, Nelson in creations dreamt up by our leading visionaries.
"In this summer like no other, we have come up with a series of spectacular surprises and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will be popping up throughout the capital.
"Hatwalk is just one of these, so keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming next."
All of the hats will be auctioned off to raise money for the Mayor's Fund for good causes when the display ends.