Stephen Jones at MoMu

They all love him: John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Walter Van Beirendonck, Boy George, Lady Gaga, Grace Jones... an endless list of Stephen Jones followers. Since his beginning till today, Jones stayed the world's most radical and important milliners of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From the 8th of September 2010 the MoMu will present a retrospective exhibition of his extraordinary work.

Stephen Jones plays a unique behind-the-scenes role in fashion because of the unparalleled freedom he is given by designers, allowing his work to influence the image of a collection. Just as accents in language lead to the correct reading and rhythm of a text, Jones’s hats add the appropriate punctuation to a designer’s fashion statement.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his House, Stephen Jones Millinery,  the MoMu fashion museum exhibits their collection of Stephen Jones hats which exists out of more than 120 items (the largest collection outside Great Britain). The exhibition guides you through the unique world of a hatmaker who has worked with many of the greatest names in the international fashion scene: Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Comme des Garçons, Claude Montana, Christian Dior, Azzedine Alaïa, Marc Jacobs, and many more.

As well as Stephen Jones’s numerous collaborations with designers, the exhibition also looks more closely at his work in film, music and photography, his early years in the London of the New Romantics, his unique relationship with fashion icon Anna Piaggi, his design process and the sources of inspiration behind his elegant, experimental and whimsical creations.

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