Stephen Jones is a leading British Milliner. He was born in 1957 and graduated from Saint Martins School of Art in 1979. Jones started his millinery career by making hats for friends at a time when London was the centre for creativity and iconoclastic fashion ideas.
Pop music and clubbing were at the heart of youth culture and they had an enormous influence on Jones. He made hats for Boy George, Spandau Ballet and Grace Jones and by 1980 was sufficiently established to open his own shop. As his reputation and clientele steadily grew, he was invited to represent Britain in fashion shows in New York, Montreal, Helsinki and Tokyo. As a result he is known today as the first designer to bring millinery into the forefront of the modern fashion world.
In addition to his Model Millinery collection, he designs the widely-distributed Miss Jones and JonesBoy diffusion ranges. In 1984 he became the first British Milliner to work in Paris designing hats for Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Comme des Garçons whilst more recent associations include Marc Jacobs and Giles Deacon. However his most celebrated millinery is with John Galliano for his eponymous label and in particular their creations at Christian Dior.
In 2008 he launched a unique collaborative fragrance with Comme des Garçons. Jones' hats are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Le Louvre in Paris, The Fashion institute of Technology and The Kyoto Costume Institute. Jones co-curated 'Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones' at the V&A (2009). In 2008, he was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards.