Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.
The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the likes of John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. As he marks the release of new book Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones, the fashion star has described just how important his work at the French luxury house has been to him over the years.
“Whereas so much of fashion seems ephemeral, Dior has some sort of gravitas – or maybe that’s in my mind’s eye as conversely, hats are the essence of the whimsical,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior hats run the gamut of simplicity to complexity, but most often they attract themselves to the happy spot in between. What is unique that they complete the outfit but can stand by themselves too. This is crucial, because in reality the hat is not about itself but the person wearing it- whether woman, man or child.”
And while Jones is the director of millinary at the brand, he insisted the hats he makes are always dreamed up in collaboration with creative directors, design teams, and craftspeople.
“The different creative directors with whom I have worked always have their distinct point of view. When they arrive at Dior, they understand that hats are an essential part of the Dior iconography, as pivotal as the Bar jacket, fantasy evening dresses or the colour grey. Certainly, hats underline their point of view; To hat or not to hat? Are hats retro or modern? Do they enrich or dilute? These are perennial questions to be resolved every season,” the designer added. “However, the studio is only one side of the story; for me the Dior Atelier Mode is also a huge part of the creative process.”
Published by Rizzoli, Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones will be available to purchase from 1 September.
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