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New for spring 2014 is a collection of fabulous and modern parasols to coordinate with the hats collection produced specially for Japan. A sneak preview of the collection was showcased in L'Wren Scott's spring '14 collection 'Takasode'. The designs include fabrics like lace, broderie anglais, and cotton poplin and the frames are fashioned from natural wood, lacquer and carved resin.
'Top Hat', the Stephen Jones collection for Debenhams continues to be a huge hit. The range comprises approximately 30 hats and occasion handbags. Stephen describes the summer collection as embodying freedom with chic essence and fabulous style. The collection goes all the way from minimal straw head bands to maximal flower-strewn tulle portrait hats.
In 2014 the exhibition 'Hat-ology' which celebrates Anna Piaggi's amazing and extensive collection of hats will start its tour. Its first venues in Asia will be announced shortly. Please check our Facebook account for details.
"My hat is personal. It is what contains the soul, the feeling, the sensation that moves this little world around. It's a secret and I want to keep it as secret as possible"
In 2013 the late Anna Piaggi's legendary and eclectic hat collection was showcased to the public in a personal exhibition, at the Palazzo Morando, Milan. In association with the Mayor of Milan, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italia and curator Stephen Jones celebrated Anna's frivolous and unique collection with 'Hat-ology'. From a Chanel haute-couture creation to a Rasta cap, her hats guide the visitor through her magical life in an exhibition designed to give a flavour of her apartment in Milan. A new audience is inspired as they discovered the secrets of the Piaggi hatboxes.
"Most clients sit patiently while I place a hat on their heads. Anna would take it into her hands, try it on back-to-front, upside-down, pin on a jewel, add a veil... make it her own. Then she would turn to me and with a pout kiss say: 'You see'..."
In 2013 Stephen guest edited 'A magazine curated by' Stephen Jones. The magazine, which was primarily about illustration, features beautiful images from Monsieur Dior, Mats Gustavson, and Donald Urquart, as well as special commissions from David Downton, Peter Turner and Giles Deacon amongst many others. Available online from Bruil & van de Staaij.
The V&A exhibition, 'Hats: an Anthology by Stephen Jones', reached its final destination of its world tour, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA, and is now closed. The exhibition, which attracted huge crowds in the UK and Australia, was joined by displays of local New England milliners and a cabinet of wonderful American hats from PEM's own extraordinary collections including a baseball cap from the Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz.
Drawn from V&A and international collections and ranging in style and period from a 17th-century Puritan's hat to a 1950s Balenciaga couture piece to hats by Jones and his contemporaries including the latest creations by young milliners such as Piers Atkinson and Albertus Swanepoel, the exhibition investigated the cultural and historic importance of millinery. The exhibition was arranged in four main themes - Inspiration looked at the myriad of sources including historicism, exoticism and the natural world; Creation explored the techniques, materials and process; The Salon focussed on the buying and selling of hats and the millinery shop; and The Client examined the wearing and etiquette of hats and featured headgear worn by well-known clients of some of the world's top milliners including Gala Dali, Isabella Blow, Anna Piaggi, Dita von Teese.
Moving on from The Holburne Museum, Bath and The Bowes Museum, Co. Durham, a much expanded exhibition 'From Georgiana to Boy George' will travel to Brighton Pavilion in 2015. Please check back for details.
Some of Stephen's earliest work in Paris is featured in the exhibition 'The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' which started in The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and will open in the Barbican in London in spring 2014.
Diorama; In Autumn 1996 Stephen Jones was invited by John Galliano to be the milliner at Christian Dior. Discover the story of Stephen's tenure at Dior, creating the ultimate in striking, inventive and beautiful hats. This has been recently updated to show his complete oeuvre featuring hats for the collections created by Bill Gaytten and creations by the revolutionary Raf Simons.
Since 1993 Stephen has created hats for the house of John Galliano - view Stephen's most fantastical creations in La Galería de Galliano, now updated.
Stephen Jones launched his first fragrance created in collaboration with Comme des Garcons: 'The perfumed gallery'. In March 2014 he will release his second perfume. Please call +44 (0)20 7242 0770, extension 24, for a client list.
Read the fascinating account of Stephen Jones meeting the late iconic Roman couturiere, Simonetta, and browse the elegant 'La Dolce Vita' collection for A/W 2004 that she inspired.