Stephen Jones is one the most important and prolific milliners of the late 20th and early 21st century. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of his work.
Alongside his own collections and private commissions he has collaborated with many couturiers and design houses. Most notably with Dior where he has worked with the last five creative directors from Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and now Maria Grazia Chiuri.
This exhibition is an extraordinary display of nearly 150 hats placed throughout the stunning interiors of The Royal Pavilion.
Stephen Jones worked alongside Curator Martin Pel to decide which hats should go where. The designer had first visited the Pavilion as a child and subsequently it has inspired his work especially his "Chinoiserie-on-Sea" collection.
The great variety of hats ranges from the exquisitely delicate and beautifully crafted through to cruder more showier catwalk creations. It's a testament to his skill that he can create both.
The most striking catwalk creations on display are the ones for Giles Deacon (above).
The hats work beautifully in the settings. One of the most extraordinary is the display around the dining table, where hats commissioned for Lady Gaga, Joan Collins, Rhianna, Kate Moss and Boy George sit alongside those for created for Royalty from Diana to Megan Markle.
In the Music room is a collection of six hats specifically commissioned by the MET in NY for their China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition in 2015. These gold creations work brilliantly with the red and gold interior. Glorious! Catch this exhibition while you can.
On until 9th June 2019 for more information, times and tickets visit brightonmuseums.org.uk