Mad Hatter’s Tea Hat Categories Revealed! Meet NY Hat Designer, KOKIN Friday and Saturday

(Featured photo: Sharla Bush, Mad Hatter’s Tea co-chair; Kristina Bush Whitcomb, Honorary Chair; Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb, TOOTSIES; Terry Irby, Mad Hatter’s Tea co-chair; Linda Spina, President, Women’s Council.)*

Mad Hatter’s Tea The Golden Age of Hollywood Celebrates its 31st Year benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden

Kristina Bush Whitcomb, Honorary Chair
Sharla Bush and Terry Irby, Chairs 
Linda Spina, President, The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum

Renowned New York hat designer, Kokin, will be at L. Bartlett at 6823 Snider Plaza in Dallas on Friday, March 8th from 10;00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  and at Sharla’s in McKinney on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Hat Design by Kokin

This is the perfect time to take a look at the Hat Categories for this year’s Mad Hatter’s Tea below and begin styling your chapeau!

Mad Hatter’s Tea The Golden Age of Hollywood celebrates its 31st year benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Sharla Bush and Terry Irby are co-chairs and Kristina Bush Whitcomb is honorary chair. Linda Spina is president of the Women’s Council. All financial support for A Woman’s Garden comes from fundraising efforts of the Women’s Council, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.  

Mad Hatter’s Tea attracts over 500 guests from all over the nation who plan their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – many in wild and wonderful over-the-top hats – but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.

Hat awards will be judged in the following hat categories to recognize excellence in grand Mad Hatter’s Hat achievements as voted on by the hat judges and party attendees.  The chairs encourage everyone to be inspired by their favorite movie from “The Golden Age of Hollywood” 1917-1960s. Think Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singing in the Rain, African Queen, How to Marry a Millionaire, Psycho, Casablanca, My Fair Lady, North by Northwest, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, It’s A Wonderful Life, Some Like It Hot, Love in the Afternoon, The Birds, Lawrence of Arabia, Roman Holiday, and so on.

Best Picture:  The Most “True to Theme.” The best of “The Golden Age of Hollywood.”

Best Actress in a Leading Role:  People’s Choice, as voted on by the attendees.

Best Art Direction:  The Best Botanical using Fresh Florals.

Best Short Film:  Most Beautiful Fascinator.

Best Foreign Language Film:  Most Dramatic.

Best Director:  Best Themed Group of Hats. (Men may be included.)

Best Costume Design:  Most Elegant.

Best Visual Effects:  Most Creative. (Men may participate in this category.)

Winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway.

The morning begins with a champagne reception followed by a professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation sponsored by TOOTSIES and produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, followed by a seated luncheon under elegantly draped tents.      

Individual patron tickets begin at $350 and are available for purchase via the website at  A limited quantity of regular admission tickets at $250 each will be available in Spring 2019. Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships are available. Check the website for updates. Underwriters and sponsors should contact Sharla Bush, co-chair at 469-450-4680 or

Beneficiary:  Founded in 1982, the Women’s Council supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden. A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.  All financial support for A Woman’s Garden comes from the fundraising efforts of the Women’s Council.    

About TOOTSIES: Housed in a vast 20,000 square foot space in the Plaza at Preston Center, TOOTSIES is a modern full line specialty store offering the very best dresses, denim, ready to wear, shoes, handbags and jewelry.  TOOTSIES is a one stop shop known for exceptional service and on site personal styling in addition to their curated collection of designers including A.L.C.  Aquazurra, Brandon Maxwell, Cinq a’ Sept, Self Portrait, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. 

For photos from past Mad Hatter’s Tea parties and more information, visit the website at

Updates:      For updates and photos, visit the Mad Hatter’s Tea Facebook page:      

*Party Pics photos by Dana Driensky.


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.