8/9/2010 - 13/02/2011
MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp  ••

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The MoMu – Fashion Museum houses the largest collection of Stephen Jones hats – more than 120 items – outside Great Britain, thanks to a long-term loan by the Antwerp private collectors, Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Jones’s house, Stephen Jones Millinery, MoMu presents a retrospective exhibition.

The exhibition Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion guides you through the unique world of a hatmaker who has worked with many of the greatest names in the international fashion scene for three decades. Just as accents in a text can lead the reader to its intended reading, or to pronounce and interpret the text correctly, a Stephen Jones hat brings its own specific punctuation to a silhouette, to the overall image of a collection, a photograph or a film. In language, accents often sit at a 45 degree angle, the angle most often used by Jones when placing a hat on someone’s head.
Stephen Jones plays a unique behind-the-scenes role in fashion because of the unparalleled freedom he is given by designers, allowing his work to influence the image of a collection. As well as Stephen Jones’s numerous collaborations with designers, the exhibition also looks more closely at his work in film, music and photography, his early years in the London of the New Romantics, his unique relationship with fashion icon Anna Piaggi, and the sources of inspiration behind his creations.

The exhibition centres on the Bruloot-Michiels collection, which has been complemented with works from Stephen Jones’s own personal collection and archives, as well as works on loan from the following institutions, designers and fashion houses: Aitize Hanson (Jean Paul Gaultier), Azzedine Alaïa, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, Collection Thierry Struvay, Giles, Huis A. Boon, John Galliano, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Musée des Arts et Histoires Genève – Collection Danielle Luquet de Saint Gemain (Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler), Coccodrillo, Anna Piaggi and Walter Van Beirendonck.

Exhibition design: Geert Bruloot
Curators: Geert Bruloot & Kaat Debo, in collaboration with Stephen Jones

Press coverage
•Weekend Knack . Walter Van Beirendonck & Stephen Jones : Tweemaal zonder taboe (August 2010)
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