Stephen Jones Exhibition

Mimi ON Apr 20, 2012 AT 9:55 am

Stephen Jones

“The maker of the most beautiful hats in the world” according to Vogue’s Anna Piaggi, Stephen Jones is a world-renowned milliner who boasts a client list that extends to the French First Lady, Carla Bruni and pop icons Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

Opening his first millinery salon in Covent Garden in 1980, his client list back then included then Princess Diana and front man Steve Strange. Stephen Jones has found inspiration for his creations from relics of the Renaissance, Victoriana, 1930s and “swinging sixties”, although the Georgian era one returned to time and time again. Captivated by neo-classical architecture, romantic poets, fluttering plumes, bonnets and turbans, he breathes life into these, which he explains as “having history between every seam.” His hats have graced the chicest magazine covers and will now be on display modeled by a collection of vintage mannequins in The Bowes Museum’s Fashion and Textile Gallery.

This Summer, The Bowes Museum is exhibiting a selection of his rather exquisite creations in a show dubbed From Georgiana to Boy George opening at the Barnard Castle treasure house on Saturday 19 May.

The honors  continue to pour in for Stephen Jones. Named the most original milliner working today and awarded an OBE in 2009 for his services to millinery, his work is displayed in countless museums around the world including the V&A in London, the Louvre in Paris, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Catch this phenomenal exhibition at The Bowes from 19th May-2nd September 2012.

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