Project Description: 

“I grew up in a seaside town, but Brighton to me seemed exciting, exotic, and it symbolised art and freedom. In 2012, I designed a collection called ‘Chinoiserie-on-Sea’ for which I researched Brighton, and in particular the Pavilion, extensively; and it feels like showing my hats there is almost like a homecoming. I have never had the opportunity to display hats in the environment which inspired them.” - Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones has filled the Royal Pavilion in Brighton with exquisite hats for a new exhibition – 'Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion'. Jones has create installations of his most glamorous and captivating hats throughout the exotic rooms of the Regency building, which was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV more than 200 years ago. Hats from across Jones’ 40-year career will bring next level glamour to the already spectacular state rooms. The exhibition is presented in partnership with Harvey Nichols.

Jones has dressed the finest heads, across the globe – most recently the Duchess of Sussex, as well as Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Mick Jagger. The site-specific exhibition will show hats worn by these celebrities, among others and also those made in collaboration with the world’s best fashion designers, including Dior, Thom Browne, Giles Deacon, Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs and Matty Bovan. Jones will create an exclusive capsule collection for Harvey Nichols for spring 2019, inspired by the

The exhibition has been co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE and Martin Pel, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Royal Pavilion & Museums.


The Royal Pavilion is open daily from 10am to 5.15pm (last tickets at 4.30pm) until 31 March and then 9.30am until 5.45pm from 1 April.
Admission charges apply, see website for details.
Family tickets and concessions available

7 February – 9 June 2019

Illustration © Jacky Marshall

Exhibition photography by Tessa Hallmann