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LONDON: Iconic Milliner Stephen Jones Launching New Exhibition

Milliner Stephen Jones launching new London exhibition, FashionBiteMilliner Stephen Jones – whose client list includes Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Carla Bruni – is showcasing a selection of his fabulous creations in a new exhibition ‘From Georgiana to Boy George’ at The Bowes Museum, due to open next month.

Italian VOGUE describes Stephen Jones as ‘the maker of the most beautiful hats in the world’ and he has worked with some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses and designers during his career, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior, John Galliano and Giles Deacon.

Jones studied at St Martin’s School of Art in the late 1970s, opening his first millinery salon in Covent Garden in 1980, with clients including Princess Diana. He was awarded an OBE in 2009 for his services to millinery.

Fashion Journalist Colin McDowell says: “What Manolo Blahnik is to feet, Stephen Jones is to heads. Neither man could want higher praise..”

Stephen jones for Dior, FashionBiteJones stunning hats are inspired by historical discoveries, artefacts, painting or photographs. The Georgian era is a period Jones returns to again and again, especially the Regency. He is entranced by the elegance of neo-classical architecture, the romantic poets, fluttering plumes, bonnets and turbans, which he describes as “having history between every seam.”

Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum’s Keeper of Fashion & Textiles, said: “We are delighted to have attracted such a top designer as Stephen Jones to exhibit in our amazing gallery, which recently hosted a highly successful exhibition of Vivienne Westwood Shoes. To have Stephen’s hats here really is topping it off in a prestigious manner.”

For further info on Stephen Jones, check out  StephenJonesMillinery. The exhibition is due to open on May 19 and will run until September 2 2012. See TheBowesMuseum for more details.

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