In February 2019, master milliner Stephen Jones OBE will fill the Royal Pavilion with exquisite hats for a new exhibition – Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion. Jones will create installations of his most glamorous and captivating hats throughout the exotic rooms of the Regency building, which was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV more than 200 years ago. Hats from across Jones’ 40-year career will bring next-level glamour to the already spectacular state rooms.
Stephen Jones OBE said: “I grew up in a seaside town, but Brighton to me seemed exciting, exotic, and it symbolised art and freedom. In 2012, I designed a collection called ‘Chinoiserie-on-Sea’ for which I researched Brighton, and in particular the Pavilion, extensively; and it feels like showing my hats there is almost like a homecoming. I have never have had the opportunity to display hats in the environment which inspired them.”
Jones has dressed the finest heads, across the globe – most recently the Duchess of Sussex, as well as Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Mick Jagger. The site-specific exhibition will show hats worn by these celebrities, among others and also those made in collaboration with the world’s best fashion designers, including Dior, Thom Browne, Giles Deacon, Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs and Matty Bovan.
Highlights of the exhibition will include:
- The Banqueting Room’s huge table will host a ‘dinner’ for the hats of the most famous wearers
- Royal and regal hats will be on display including a series of crowns
- Food and feasting inspired hats will be placed amongst the copper pots in the Great Kitchen
- Hats from ‘Chinoiserie-on-Sea’, Jones’ homage to the grandeur of the Pavilion – including hats inspired by its infamous domes and the exquisite Chinese interiors and Indian exterior
- Millinery for Dior will be on display in The Music Room
- Hats inspired by the interiors of the Royal Pavilion made for the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be on show
The exhibition has been co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE and Martin Pel.
Vogue – Suzy Menkes article 6 Jan https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/chinoiserie-on-sea-stephen-jones-hats-at-brightons-royal-pavilion
Peer Action are pleased to offer 10 tickets for a personal tour of the exhibition by the co-creator Martin Pel on the 14th February at 3pm.
The tickets are £10 each* and will be a donation to the Peer Action charity.
The tour will last for approximately one hour.
The tickets will be available online from the 1st February.
- The tickets are strictly not for resale. Maximum of 2 tickets per person.