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Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K: Stephen Jones

"Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones"
February 24 – May 10, 2009

If your travels take you to London this coming winter or spring, make a point of visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum. Better yet, plan a trip around a visit to the V&A.

Fashion is a focus at the V&A. Retrospectives in recent years have featured Vivienne Westwood; 60's fashion; the Golden Age of Couture in Paris and London, 1947-1957; and fashions of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection.

Joining this list of sensational and entertaining exhibitions is the upcoming “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones.” A collaboration between the V&A and one of the world’s leading hat designers, the exhibition will feature more than 300 hats. On display will be hats ranging from an Egyptian Anubis mask dating from 600BC through Queen Victoria’s bonnet to a 1950s Balenciaga hat. Also on display will be designs by Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Chanel, Cecil Beaton, Balmain, Dior and Norman Hartnell.

As the V&A writes in its exhibition notes, "Stephen Jones spearheaded the fashionable revival of British millinery in the early 1980s. Using unusual materials and daring designs, his exquisitely crafted hats have pushed the boundaries of hat design. Jones has collaborated with many leading fashion designers including Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Giles Deacon, Marc Jacobs and John Galliano for Christian Dior and has many celebrity clients."

Stephen Jones said: “I was honoured when the V&A invited me to curate an exhibition about hats. Since my college days, the V&A has been a treasure trove of inspiration, but to study their archive was a dream come true. This exhibition draws on millinery collections world-wide, and is truly an eclectic and exciting anthology of hats from BC to the present day.”

Details:
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000
General Admission to the V&A is Free. Admission to “Hats” will be £5 (approx. $7.48).
For information on visiting the exhibition and to book tickets in advance, go to V&A

Image Credits (top to bottom):

Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2007
©Chris Moore/catwalking.com

Wash and Go by Stephen Jones
Image courtesy of justinephotography

Nasir Mazhar for Gareth Pugh Spring-Summer 2008
Courtesy of Chris Moore/catwalking.com

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