Sunday, November 09, 2008

Not Without My Hat!

What if the Christian Dior haute couture shows didn't have the most amazing hats? Well I'm sure that it would be lovely to see all the garments and outfits but the hats are definitely eye candy.

The english millinery Stephen Jones is one of the most talented hat makers in the world and he has been designing hats for Christian Dior haute couture for many years. He started to study arts in 1975 and took a degree at St. Martin's in 1979. One year after in October, he opened his first Hat Salon in Endell St, Covent Garden and you'll still find him there in Covent Garden but on 36 Great Queen Street instead, The Stephen Jones Millinery shop.

Stephen hasn't just been designing hats for the house of Dior. John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Comme Des Garcons, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Givenchy haute couture, Matthew Williamson, Burberry, Dries van Noten, Azzedine Alaïa, Roberto Cavalli, Jil Sander, Giles Deacon, Marc name a few(!!).
In 1982 he appeared in Culture Club's golden oldie video "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" with Boy George who was wearing one of his designs. Jean-Paul Gaultier saw the video and invited Stephen so he could start to design hats. Boy George is one of Stephen's biggest clients just as Anna Piaggi, Dita von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Kylie Minouge and Mr Galliano him self.

From an interview with Stephen:

Do models accidentally take your hats from backstage?
Yes, sadly. Quite a few disappear from backstage and you think, How on earth did they sneak it out? But it's okay as long as they end up in a good home.

Do you ever see the hats out and about?
I'd rather see them walking around than sitting in a PR office somewhere. I do remember one model in particular who went off with a very expensive tiara, but she looked so fabulous in it that I forgave her. I know how much time it would take me to get it back and I think life's too short. People are very possessive about hats in the way they are about shoes.

(When I read about the "tiara", Naomi Campbell came up in my head! Could it be her? Probably!)

If you'd like to purchase an original, hand-made hat from "Model Millinery", the price usually starts from £500(!) but you could get smart, chic, elegant hats from the line "Miss Jones & Jones boy" with lower prices from £80/120. I know where I'm going next time I'm in London...

Don't miss; Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
24 February – 10 May 2009 at V&A

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Dapper Kid said...

Wonderful post! I like that he doesn't get too annoyed at models taking his hats backstage lol. And methinks the middle CDGs hat at the bottom has your name on it dear ;)

Myriam said...

Hahaha!! Maybe I need to steal that hat like the rest of the thiefs they call models! Ha!

Hypist Orchid said...

oh dear! that purple outfit is love!! i'm craving for it since february!!
and well u should totally do that!! become editor and then u'll be part of the thieves, haha

Ca said...

People should wear hats more often! Fun and chic!

MR style said...

amazin anna piaggi !!!! i love her

Aisha said...

Aw, he's being too nice with the girls who "accidentally" take his work home.

Nice post!

Sunniva said...

Great post! His hats are more than amazing, they're extremely stunning.


Couture Carrie said...

Love this post! Millinery is nearly a lost art, so I'm glad there are a handful of designers keeping it alive!


coco said...

Oh my god I didn't know that was coming to the V&A. I am soooo going to that!

Anonymous said...

Stephen Jones is so talented, I love the black bunny hat


he is wonderfully talented and so inspiring my dear. I love all the ones you showed. my fave are the ears ;o)
love the interview excerpt too!

Marquis de Lannes said...

El sombrero no es mi accesorio preferido... tiene que ser super simple para que yo encuentre elegante la dame que lo lleve, en cambio, sobre un hombre, la elegancia esta asegurada!

di said...

so crazy that I loved them!!!