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Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones was born in Cheshire in 1957. In 1975, as an art foundation student at High Wycombe College of Art, he first visited the V&A – to see the exhibition Fashion from 1900–1939. He says: ‘This was a revelatory experience... For the first time I had an inkling that I would like to be part of the fashion world’. He applied to St Martin’s School of Art (now Central Saint Martins) to study women’s fashion, but soon became entranced by the millinery department and asked for a transfer.

When Jones left college in 1979 he recalls that ‘the creative atmosphere was in flux… Punk had lost its energy and the vacuum was filled by the New Wave and the New Romantics’. London’s famous Blitz nightclub was a magnet for these movements, and Jones was a regular. He made hats for friends and fellow clubbers, and then in 1980, backed by Blitz’ owner Steve Strange, he opened his first millinery salon in Covent Garden.

Since then, Jones has become recognised as one of the world’s most radical and important milliners. He designs hats for couturiers and celebrities, including Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Madonna, and Dita Von Teese. For Jones, however, ‘collaborating with clients is an adventure whether they are a bridesmaid from Lancashire or Rei Kawakubo preparing for a fashion show. There is never a formula and every time is like the first time’.

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V&A Pattern: Owen Jones

V&A Pattern: Owen Jones

Beautiful and practical, the booksare visual summaries of the most sumptuous parts of the V&A collections'Royal Academy MagazineThis attractive series…

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The Fabric of India

03 October 2015 – 10 January 2016. The highlight of the V&A’s India Festival, this will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

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Event - Highlights of the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries - Tour 2

Thu 17 March 2016 14:00–15:30

The Friends of the V&A have provided considerable support for the new Europe 1600–1815 Galleries. You will be introduced to John Jones and his priceless collection, enter private chambers and learn how the Friends helped to save a spectacular medal cabinet from export.

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