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Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By 1980, he had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London's Covent Garden, serving a range of important clientele, from Boy George to Diana, Princess of Wales.
Jones made millinery seem modern and compelling, in materials that were often radical, and in designs that ranged from refined to whimsical. His exquisitely crafted, quixotic hats encapsulated the fashion mood of the moment.
Forty years later, Jones's era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele, which includes Rihanna, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and the Royal family. He has collaborated with fashion designers including Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, Claude Montana, and Thom Browne, and his hats have been an integral component in many memorable runway shows.
Jones first worked with Christian Dior in 1996, and his history with the house will be explored in this lecture.
As a specialist on the history of hats and curator of several exhibitions on this subject, he will retrace the importance of the hat design at Dior, from the creations supervised by Mitzah Bricard, the muse of Christian Dior in the 1950s, to his own designs for John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri today.
The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion Florence Müller, who published one of the first books on the history of milliners in 1993.
$15 for DAM members and volunteers, $20 others.
Tickets are on sale now to DAM members and go on sale to nonmembers Oct. 15.
Lecture funding is generously provided by Goldbug.
Image: Milliner Stephen Jones. Photographed by Frederic Aranda.