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ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Model Carla Creegan wears a hat commissioned by Castle Galleries, inspired by the work of UK artist Louise Dear at Ladies Day Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images For Castle Galleries)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Model Carla Creegan wears a hat commissioned by Castle Galleries, inspired by the work of UK artist Louise Dear at Ladies Day Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images For Castle Galleries)

BEATS the hell out of a trilby or a fascinator, wouldn’t you say?

If you’ve not yet popped into Castle Galleries for a look at their head-turning current exhibition, you’ve got until Sunday to do so.

The Gallery, on Acorn Walk in thecentre:mk, is currently housing the artwork that inspired the most talked about hat at this year’s Royal Ascot...donning that could give you all the headache with none of the champagne. Allegedly!

The stunning piece was commissioned by Castle Galleries.

Says gallery manager Peter Viet Lu: “Art is often confined to galleries, exhibitions and museums, so we wanted to take one of Milton Keynes’ most popular pieces of artwork out of the gallery space and pitch it up against other beautiful headwear by fashion designers.

“We wanted to convey that art is all around us, rather than people having to actively seek it out.”

It’s a job well done, as artist Louise Dear, whose work inspired the hat, agreed: “Seeing my art reworked into a fashion accessory is amazing as, just like fashion, all my works celebrate the beauty of women.”