Istanbul welcomes Stephen Jones

After a successful christening at Antwerp’s MoMu museum last fall, “Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion” — a decades-spanning retrospective of the British milliner— has hit the road. Istanbul’s Vakko Fashion Center is the first host on a long world tour that will see Jones’ fanciful creations travel to Shanghai, Moscow, and Tokyo. Though the Antwerp show was immensely inspiring [see original Vault post], the exhibit is equally enjoyable  mounted in its  new space; different dimensions, and a different context– the show featured an additional section of hats inspired by Turkish culture– provided a fresh perspective and a new ‘frame’ for this celebrated milliner’s oeuvre.

Though the staging of the exhibit remained largely the same– hats perched amongst Stephen Jones-branded boxes of varying scales, punctuated by mannequins wearing looks topped off with Jones’ hats by designers like John Galliano, Comme des Garçons, and Walter Van Beirendonck, to name a few– the space was tighter and more intimate, and the accompanying images from fashion editorials and of Stephen himself with the likes of Anna Piaggi [Italian Vogue editor and famed hat-wearer], seemed to jump off the walls.

The show is open through June 7th; for more information please see their website.  For those who can’t make it to Istanbul, here’s hoping the hats will grace a city near you soon!


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