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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones

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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones -- a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, the world's foremost hat designer - is  currently on view at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) in New York City. The exhibition held for the first time in this country, displays more than 250 hats chosen by the master milliner.

On display are hats ranging from a 12th century Egyptian fez to a 1950s Balenciaga hat and couture creations by Jones and his contemporaries. The designer spearheaded the fashionable revival of British millinery in the early 1980s. Using unusual materials and daring designs, his exquisitely crafted hats have pushed the boundaries of hat design forward for more than three decades.

"I was honored when the V&A asked me to curate an exhibition about hats. I had so much fun finding unique head decoration in the most interesting places. This exhibition draws on millinery collections world-wide and is truly an eclectic and exciting anthology of hats from the last millennium to the present day." -- Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones
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Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture
"Olga Sherer inspired by Gruau" Hat
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Jo Gordon, "Kiss of Death" 1994
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Crown, 1800-1900
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Elsa Schiaparelli, Shoe Hat, 1938
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Caroline Reboux, Feather Tricorne, about 1935
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Graham Smith, Pirelli tire, 1985
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Stephen Jones, Silk Twist hat, 1982
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Stephen Jones, Pas de deux, 1982
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Philip Treacy, Feather Hat, 1995
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Kirsten Woodward, Sex on the Brain, 1989
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Bonnet, about 1805
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Quilted cap, 1800-1900
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Paulette Hat, about 1960
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Balenciaga for Elsa, Spiral Hat, Winter 1962
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Twisted straw hat, about 1937
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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
Sept. 15, 2011 - April 15, 2012
Courtesy Bard Graduate Center
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