Stephen Jones: Anthology of a visionary milliner
The V&A does fantastic exhibitions I must say. And one curated by genius milliner Stephen Jones can only be a major success, both in terms of creation and publicity. The CSM graduate cherished by the A-List for his innovative designs selected over 300 hats to be displayed in a magical garden within the V&A.
From antique hats to children’s hats, from baseball caps to hats worn by Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Anna Piaggi or Madonna, the key word here is eclecticism.
Stephen Jones actually spent two years researching the right hats for this exhibition, and although it features some of his designs, treasures from Christian Dior, Chanel, Balmain, Philip Treacy are also to be found, along with some from the new talents in millinery Noel Stewart and Nasir Mazhar.
With hats shaped in a shoe, a cloche, in plastic, in paper, or even as a couple making love, this is more than one could ever imagine, and you will never see hats the same way – actually, it is the Queen who was right from the start: hats are really cool.
On the left, Kate Moss wearing the trend: a turban by Stephen Jones for the Met’s Model as a Muse Exhibition party. Despite the bad critics, I think she looks gorgeous. On the right: hats from the exhibition, pictures from The Guardian.
Rush to the exhibition: it is on until 31 May. More details on the V&A Website.