Interview -Me and Mr Jones
Stephen Jones' creations in the hatter's world exploded mid 80's, the most intense period in fashion history. A mythical time when the most outrageous dreams dedicated to the Art of Being Seen witnessed collaborations and friendships around a mutual passion without rules.
The New Romantic era and its questionable creatures solidified friendships with the movement's initiators: Boy George, Steve Strange...
Stephen Jones draws the exceptional and the majestic with a light touch, sculpts it with uncompromising dreams, punctuates the silhouette in all its aspects and all its forms in a spectacular manner.
His friendships with John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, and his muse and inspiration Anna Piaggi, his creations for Thierry Mugler's super heroins and Vivienne Westwood's "Les Merveilleuses". Collaborations with the unavoidable Azzedine Alaïa, Comme des Garçons or Claude Montana. Creative and unyielding moments of madness with the wild Walter Van Beirendonck resulting in Stephen Jones being an absolute reference since three decades already.
The poetic image of the ever flying away hat in search of new adventures, freed from the traditional bourgeois pressure, is Stephen Jones'symbol, a journey twinkling with stars always renewed,"out of norms" and "always glam".
Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion
MoMu–Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp
Stephen Jones for Walter Van Beirendonck,
Plastic wig and giant felt top hat.
Photo: Ronald Stoops
D.N.A. Image commissioned by Shiseido to
accompany the Rococo Future exhibition
at Artspace Ginza, Tokyo,
A/W 1994–95. Photo: Peter Ashworth
Damn That Feels Good!, A/W 1999–2000
Inspired by the construction of a beaver’s dam,
seen on a trip to Lac L’Achigan, Montreal,
Canada. MoMu Collection B02/53
Charade, A/W 1997–98
Top hat made from rhinestone braid and wire.
MoMu Collection B02/63
Photo: FoMu Antwerp/Jacques Sonck
Report & interview Sabine Morandini
Stephen Jones Millinery
36 Great Queen Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7242 0770