There are few people in fashion who can truly make us look at fashion beyond clothing. Milliner maestro Stephen Jones has literally done that. He's forced to turn to pay attention to hats — and how can we not? With a prolific career spanning 40 years, we now think of him first when someone mentions hats.
His first piece was aptly created on his 20th birthday, in 1977. Made out of old blouses, plastic irises and a cornflake box, even then, he's already mastered the art of transforming ordinary items into the extraordinary. It's only natural that he proceeded to work with the world's most inventive materials and the most prestigious of fashion houses. His frequent collaborators include Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garçons, Giles Deacon and Thom Browne.
Below are our favourites.
Photo: Stephen Jones' first hat, 1977 — Photo: IG @stephenjonesmillinery