The Hats of Stephen Jones
April 21—September 4, 2017

Hat Title Limo by Stephen Jones on the Left, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Circus Rider on the right

[LEFT]Stephen Jones, British, born 1957; Limo, from Covent Garden Collection, Autumn Winter 2008; rayon and silk; Stephen Jones Millinery © Stephen Jones

[RIGHT]Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880–1938; Circus Rider, 1914; oil on canvas, 79 x 59 7/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Morton D. May 904:1983
The Hats of Stephen Jones presents a selection of eight hats designed by contemporary British milliner Stephen Jones. Interspersed throughout the Museum's collection, the installation reveals a novel approach to connecting art and contemporary fashion.

Installed in galleries ranging from Impressionism to 19th-century decorative arts to African art, Jones's hats are displayed in dialogue with select works in the collection to create provocative conversations across time. The fascinating range of hats includes designs made from a wide variety of materials, such as plumes, artificial flowers, and silks. The installation also complements the main exhibition Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade.

Jones rose to prominence in the London fashion scene in the late 1970s. By 1980, he had opened his first millinery salon in London's Covent Garden. His avant-garde designs also engage closely with artistic tradition and have long been popular with everyone from rock stars to royalty, including Boy George and Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Hats of Stephen Jones is co-curated by Simon Kelly, the Museum's curator of modern and contemporary art, and Zoe A. Perkins, textile conservator.

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Stephen Jones © Stephen Jones Millinery
The Hats of Stephen Jones
Sunday, April 23, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$25 ($20 Members)
Register Here
Advanced tickets recommended
Stephen Jones, milliner

The hats of contemporary milliner Stephen Jones have been worn by some of the world’s biggest stars and fashion icons. Jones will discuss the inspiration for his own work and its connections to the history of hats and art, followed by a conversation with New York-based milliner, Jennifer Ouellette.

Overflow seating for live telecast in the Education Center $5 General/Free for Members (ticket required). Priority ticketing for Members begins April 4. General ticketing begins April 6.