Nick Knight and Amanda Harlech revive the bonnet, a now largely extinct piece of headwear with a rich and varied history. A selection of makers, including Sarah Burton, Iris Van Herpen, Riccardo Tisci, Stephen Jones and J.W. Anderson, were approached to craft their own interpretation of a bonnet, with encouragement to ignore limitation and create freely. The bonnet can frame the face, capturing the gaze and serving as a funnel for beauty, or it can stand alone as an attractive object. It can give status or it can give anonymity. It can protect and shield the wearer or it can draw attention. These many roles are celebrated in an editorial, which also appears in V magazine, the making of which was streamed live on 7 and 8 September 2014. To shed light on the history of the bonnet, SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard visited the V&A's invaluable Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion to explore the hats in their archive with curator of Modern Textiles and Fashion Oriole Cullen. A true hat expert, Cullen talks through the changing fashions for bonnets with the help of some of the most delicate, beautiful and unexpected specimen in the archive.