The free exhibition will run from 24 March to 8 May and is sponsored by Bath & North East Somerset Council. The designer’s passion for museums started when he studied at St Martins School of Art. A Stephen Jones hat can be inspired by a historical discovery or an imagined narrative prompted by an artifact, painting or photograph. His designs have been drawn from relics of the Renaissance to cluttered Victoriana, the glamour of the 1930s and the Swinging Sixties. The Georgian era is a period he returns to again and again, especially the Regency.
As part of this year’s exciting programme of talks, catwalks and workshops respected fashion journalist Sarah Mower, who originally hails from Bath, will be in conversation with Stephen Jones on Friday 30 March at 4pm. Jones will talk about his love of the neo-classical architecture, the Romantic poets, fluttering plumes, bonnets and turbans. History between every seam.
With a career that spans more than 20 years at the forefront of fashion journalism reviewing the catwalk shows in London, Milan and Paris – Mower is probably the most read fashion critic in the world. Her influence and global reach is second to none. A critic for American Vogue, she is the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for emerging talent and was awarded an MBE in October for Services to the Fashion Industry.
During his career Stephen Jones has worked with some of the world’s most prominent fashion houses and designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Christian Dior, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. Colin McDowell once wrote, “what Manolo Blahnik is to feet, Stephen Jones is to heads.’
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