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In spring 2014 a collection of fabulous and modern parasols was introduced to coordinate with the hats collection produced exclusively for Japan. A preview of the range was showcased in L'Wren Scott's spring '14 collection 'Takasode'. The designs included fabrics like lace, broderie anglais, and cotton poplin whilst the frames were fashioned from natural wood, lacquer and carved resin.
'Top Hat', the Stephen Jones collection for Debenhams continues to be a huge hit. The new AW14 range was inspired by the unique chic of Greta Garbo. Her starry glamour is represented in the collection with luxurious leopard print berets, furry Cossack hats and fabulous handbags.
In 2013 the late Anna Piaggi's legendary and eclectic hat collection was showcased to the public in an exhibition, at the Palazzo Morando, Milan. In association with the Mayor of Milan, and curator Stephen Jones, the exhibition celebrated Anna's frivolous and unique collection of 'Hat-ology'. From a Chanel haute-couture creation to a Rasta cap, her hats guided the visitor through her magical life in an exhibition designed to give a flavour of her apartment in Milan. A new audience was inspired as they discovered the secrets of the Piaggi hatboxes.
'Hat-ology' received national and international press and attention. This resulted in a collection of Anna's hats from the original exhibition travelling to luxury store 10 Corso Como Shanghai and now to 10 Corso Como Seoul and Beijing Design Week in autumn 2014. The display shows the spectacular variation of hats Anna Piaggi owned, from a blow up pink rubber lips headband to a Karl Lagerfeld print Fendi boater.
"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 2014 Stephen Jones and Comme des Garcons collaborated to create their second perfume 'Wisteria Hysteria.' Clean but seductive, familiar yet strange, futuristic and rococo, this perfume is in a mouth blown bottle, and packaged in a white miniature hat box, wrapped with milliner's veiling. The perfume was launched in March in Paris at Comme des Garcons' Trading Museum along with a exhibition of Stephen Jones white archive hats including a 1985 Stephen Jones x Comme des Garcons designed felt hat. Stephen collaborated with director Henry Pincus to create a 'Wisteria Hysteria' fashion film using clothing by L'Wren Scott, capturing the essence of the scent in a mysterious and romantic 30 second clip. An exhibition of white hats partnered with this film was launched in Dover Street Market London with a window display of cascading laser cut paper wisteria designed by Michael Howells. The Wisteria Hysteria show then travelled to Dover Street Market New York, Trading Museum Tokyo, and Comme des Garcons Hong Kong. A selection of celebratory white hats were also created to be sold at the venues to coincide with the exhibition.
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.
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 2014 he released 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.