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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
V&A, March 2, 2009
Stephen Jones/Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn Winte 2007_Chris Moore-catwalking.com.
Stephen Jones/Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn Winte 2007_Chris Moore-catwalking.com.
 
Creation_The millinery workroom or atelier is the creative laboratory where hat designs are transformed from ideas into reality. The methods, materials and tools have changed little in the past hundred years. Milliners still work seated around a large table with their scissors, needles and thread. Straws, felts and fabrics remain the key materials used to pin and shape prototype hats on a calico-covered head known as a ‘poupée’. From these prototypes a hat mould (‘block’) can be taken. Usually of wood, the block is an essential tool of the workroom. Milliners often amass a library of differently shaped blocks that can be used time and again. In the words of Stephen Jones, a milliner’s workroom is ‘half Aladdin’s cave and half artist’s studio’, a place where each hat is carefully coaxed into being.

Stephen Jones/Stephen Jones for Commes des Garcons A-W 08-09_Commes des Garcons
Stephen Jones/Stephen Jones for Commes des Garcons A-W 08-09_Commes des Garcons
 
Stephen Jones/Stephen Jones Thunderbird hat for John Galliano, 1996_Stephen Jones Millinery
Stephen Jones/Stephen Jones Thunderbird hat for John Galliano, 1996_Stephen Jones Millinery
 
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