Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Jones’

There are many hatmakers who just make hats, and who don’t think about the fashion. I love thinking about the fashion, and the crazy thing about fashion is that every six months you have to reinvent yourself. Fashion makes sense when it matches the mood and the moment. It’s about the now.

Stephen Jones, English Milliner

This year Mr. Jones celebrates his 60th birthday and 40 years making hats!
Jones has made remarkable hats and fascinators for everyone from Boy George and Isabella Blow to Princess Diana and most recently Pippa Middleton. He has worked with designers John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs to name just a few, while also maintaining his own line of hats.

One of my favorite Stephen Jones hats from Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2012.


A Club Boy back in the 70s, Jones studied at St. Martin’s in London. He began making hats for friends in 1977 and hasn’t looked back since. Today he creates head-turning masterpieces in his studio/shop located in an 18th century Convent Garden building. (What a perfect spot for inspiration.)

Congratulations to Stephen Jones. Here’s to may more years of fabulous hats!!

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Stephen Jones berets. Photo used by permission from Linda McLean.

 The beret is the t-shirt of hats.

– Milliner, Stephen Jones

Quite true. A black beret is my go-to hat. Berets always look sharp and can pop up an otherwise bland outfit. Plus they’re warm and easy to slip into a suitcase or handbag.

Berets are even better when adorned with a little something. I had a dream once in which I was searching for a tassel to sew on my black beret. In my waking life I thought that was a darn good idea, so I found a tassel and promptly started sewing. On another beret from my collection, I sewed black cut-glass Victorian buttons. One can get very creative when embellishing a beret.  

Stephen Jones says berets look good on everyone. He should know, he’s one of Britain’s top milliners. In 2009 he co-curated the exhibition, Hats: An Anthology for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Vive le beret!

(A special thank you to blogger Linda McLean for allowing Over Dressed for Life to use the above photo.)

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