NHV Hat Contest 2022

Theme: 'Vintage with a twist'!


Welcome to the 17th edition of the International NHV Hat Competition 'Vintage with a twist'!


For the 2022 competition, we have been inspired by hats between the years 1940 and 1969. The assignment is to make a hat or headpiece (for ladies or gentlemen) in any style deriving from these years, but using your own input. So not a copy, but a design with a clear personal vision! The challenge is to use the shapes, materials and techniques from that period and give it your own "twist".

Competition participants will receive a "surprise package" of vintage materials, provided by Plooij Hats & Materials. The package will contain: a piece of "straw cloth" of 1 x 1 m (or 0.75 x 1.40 m), a number of meters of crionline braid or Racello and 3 metres of veiling or coarse net-tulle. These were well known hat materials in the 1950s and 1960s, but later fell into disuse. Since many materials from the chosen period are no longer available, modern foundation materials may be used (think of Fosshape instead of sparterie), provided they are not visible. The materials supplied may be painted or processed otherwise. Further materials may be added for decoration or garnish, under two conditions: the material from the competition package must play the main role and the added materials must have already existed in the chosen era: 1940 - 1969. (No sinamay for example). Not all the material sent has to be used.

The entry fee for the contest includes the purchase and shipping costs of the materials. It is not possible to choose which selection of materials you receive!


Hat Show and Exhibition

The Hat Competition will take place at Modehuis Van Tilburg Nistelrode on June 11th, 2022. The winners will be announced after the hat show. Afterwards, the competition hats will be exhibited for a duration of three weeks after the competition day. (All this is subject to changes, in connection with possible Covid-19 measures in force at that time.)


Everyone is welcome to enter this competition, whether you are a hobbyist, a professional, advanced or a novice milliner, living within the Netherlands or abroad. An annually-changing professional jury will nominate ten hats from all the entries on the basis of originality, quality and millinery craftmanship. From these ten, the three winning designs will be chosen.

As always, only fifty places are available to enter. The maximum number of participants is reached, it is not possible to sign up for the competition anymore. Participants must have arrived to the submission address no later than May 1st, 2022.


Competition Conditions

Under the heading competition conditions, you will find all the information about the NHV Hat Competition 2022. Read these terms and conditions carefully: this way you’ll be sure that you have a chance to place among the top ten or even the winning three designs!



This year's jury members are: Elisabeth de Meulmeester (Chairwoman of the Jury), Thea van der Helm (owner of a hat shop in The Hague), Dennis Plooij (supplier of the competition materials) and Leah Kooistra (student).


Elisabeth de Meulmeester


Elisabeth was born in 1956. From an early age her interests were in the creative field and hats run through her life like a thread. She has early memories of her grandmothers and aunts, all hat wearers. She started making hat creations from all kinds of leftover fabric and when she had children, making clothes for them was a given.

In addition to her work in various functions in the health care industry, she took art courses such as wet-on-wet painting, clay modelling and an orientation course in art therapy. Her hats fell somewhat into the background during those years, but when she felt the need to present herself more self-confidently to the outside world after her divorce, she became a convinced hat wearer and maker. But she was still self-taught.

Building on her basic textile skills, Elisabeth took several courses, with among others, Dion Meuleman and Marianne Jongkind. In the mid-nineties she organised her first hat show in Arnhem and also won several prizes at hat competitions. In 2008 she opened a hat store in Arnhem's Fashion Neighbourhood. After running the store for five years with great passion and love for hats she stopped in 2013 continuing studio work from home again. Making hats, modelling colourful and appealing shapes from various sources and residual materials, remains her greatest inspiration.

Elisabeth is looking forward, with great anticipation, to the creations submitted for the 2022 competition!

Thea van der Helm

More information will follow.

Dennis Plooij

More information will follow.

Leah Kooistra

More information will follow.


The winner will, of course, receive the silver NHV hatpin. In addition, we proudly offer the following prizes:


1st prize

A voucher worth € 500 from Plooij Hats & Materials and a voucher worth € 350 from The Trimming Company.


2nd prize

A voucher worth € 400 from De Vroey.


3rd prize

A voucher worth £ (GBP) 200 from Guy Morse-Brown.


Please take note: If these vouchers are used, the shipping costs and/or import duties on materials sent to you from abroad will be borne by the winners. Neither the companies that provide the prizes, nor the NHV, are responsible for these costs.


People’s Choice Award

More information will follow.



The participation fee is € 70 for NHV members in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and € 85 for non-members. For participants from other countries than the three listed above a surcharge of € 15 is added to cover shipping costs. Participants will have free access to the opening show in June 2022 and will receive a photo booklet featuring all submitted designs after the show.


Submitting of Entries

The following applies to all participants: your contest hat must be received at the delivery address by April 25th, 2021.

We ask you to provide photos of and information about your contest hat twice; (1)  printed on an A4 paper in your package and (2) digitally using the appropriate form, which can be downloaded from the website under Information Form, Hat Competition.


Information on what we ask you to provide can be read here: competition conditions.

Delivery address

NL Hat Association

Stan Kentonstraat 21

3069 XW Rotterdam


Do you still have questions after reading the competition conditions? Please send an e-mail to wedstrijd@nederlandsehoedenvereniging.nl.


View Previous Submissions

Curious to see the creations of past participants? Have a look at all previous entries in the photo gallery