1 May 2019

Royal Pavilion hats exhibition

Milliner to the stars Stephen Jones OBE has filled the Royal Pavilion with his fabulous hats. 

See them in the exotic interiors of the Royal Pavilion. Entry to Stephen Jones Hats is free with Royal Pavilion admission.

Ten things you may not know about the exhibition

  • There are more than 160 hats on display
  • Jones’s 2012 collection ‘Chinoiserie-on-Sea’ was inspired by Brighton, and in particular the Royal Pavilion
  • A ‘dinner’ set up in the banqueting room features more than 20 hats made for famous faces, including Lada Gaga and Joan Collins
  • Stephen Jones created the cream felt beret worn by the Duchess of Sussex
  • On a bust of King George IV Jones has designed a new felt hat based on one worn by the King in a portrait from 1782
  • Jones grew up in the Wirral peninsula and many hats reference the sea, sky and marine life
  • Music was an early inspiration - some of Jones’ first customers were singers such as Boy George and Steve Strange
  • The ‘Murder by Millinery’ collection was inspired by the board game Cluedo
  • Jones has worked with some of the most famous fashion designers in the world, including Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Christian Dior
  • Stephen Jones OBE has been creating show-stopping hats for 40 years

The exhibition is presented in partnership with Harvey Nichols and runs until 9 June. It was co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE and Martin Pel, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Royal Pavilion and Museums.

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