Born in 1925, Akio Hirata immersed himself in hat design at the age of 14. In 1962 he travelled to Paris to serve as apprentice to Jean Barthet, one of France’s most important milliners. Returning to Japan he established Haute Mode Hirata, and went on to design hats for the likes of Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. In response to a request from Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) to design a hat that looks like “it had been left unused in someone’s dresser,” Hirata once famously created a hat adorned with crushed flowers. After over seventy years of work Akio Hirata has earned a place in the narrowest Olympus of hats designers, and now Tokyo celebrates the originality, innovation and craftsmanship of his work. The layout design of Fumihiko Maki’s Spiral Building in Tokyo is due to another great Japanese designer, Oki Sato of Nendo, which has created for the occasion, a stretch of about 3,000 white hats, suspended like a vortex at different height levels, on which Hirata ‘s creations get away for color and morphological differences. The hats are suspended from the ceiling with transparent nylon thread at different heights to evoke the impression of hats in the wind. Amasing, isn't it?