The Madhatter of fashion comes to town! Stephen Jones.

Exciting news for antipodean lovers of hats, and indeed, fashion!

The Madhatter of London is coming soon…

In March 2010, ‘Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones’ started touring the world. Its first port of call is The Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, from Saturday 27th of March to 27th of June. I HAVE to go and see this one! And if you’re an aussie fashionista, so should you. Read on…

More than 250 hats and iconic headpieces will be displayed from the V&A;’s extensive collection and Jones’s own archive.  Last year the Anthology was shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 24 February to 31 May 2009, and over 300 pieces were displayed. Opening night was, appropriately, a Madhatters Ball.

If your response is “WHO?”, Stephen Jones has been called  “the maker of the most beautiful hats in the world” by Anna Piaggi of Italian Vogue.

Born in Cheshire, and schooled in Liverpool, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a student at St Martins; after dark he was one of that era’s uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub.

Jones graduated from St Martin’s School of Art in 1979, and in 1980 opened his first millinery salon in London’s Covent Garden. Those premises soon became a place of pilgrimage and patronage, as everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Lady Diana, identified Jones as the milliner who would help them make arresting headlines.

Since then he has produced hat collections twice a year under his label ‘Stephen Jones Millinery’, while also collaborating with some of the most prominent fashion houses and designers of our time.  Jones’s hats have been an integral component in some of the most memorable runway spectacles of the past quarter century.

Such runway successes include the shows of Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler, Lanvin, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Comme des Garçons, Hardy Amies, Dries van Noten, Chalayan, Balenciaga, Ozbek and Marc Jacobs.
He has also designed hats for many musical performers, including Marilyn Manson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce Knowles and Alison Goldfrapp. 

Jones created Kylie Minogue’s truly spectacular showgirl headdresses, and Dita Von Teese’s burlesque mini tricornes. He has designed hats for the Rolling Stones – and for Rei Kawakubo’s Stones-inspired Comme des Garçons menswear collection.

There is an interesting article about the anthology, and an interview with Jones himself that is well worth a read, from the Telegraph.

I chuckled at Galliano’s description about first meeting Stephen Jones, in his tribute to him in last year’s UK Vogue.

Read more about the Queensland Art Gallery exhibition here, and if you’re interested in the process of mounting such a hige exhibit, you can follow the stages in the QAG flickr site.

Something I will defninitely grab is the hardcover catalogue, Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, which will be available at the Gallery Store and online.

Put it in your diary…and find out when the exhibition is coming to you!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Did you see the Philip Treacy exhibition @ Powerhouse back in 2003? AMAZING.

  2. Oh yeah, his stuff is amazing, and I'll post about him soon too 🙂

  3. I love these creations! So inspiring…

  4. Absolutely, Ashling – can't wait to see them in person!