One in a Milliner

“I draw. I fill notebooks with sketches of people, objects, a cartoon, my lunch, a tree outside — not always hats,” the great British milliner Stephen Jones once told Hint. “I do them very fast. I tend to think if they’ve taken me more than a minute, then I’ve failed.”

An assortment of these sketches, as well as umpteen photos — many of them from Jones’ own archives — and other ephemera, fill out the 208 pages of a new book. In Souvenirs(Rizzoli, $135), with a foreword by Grace Coddington, we see his magical creations atop the heads of royals and pop queens alike, from Princess Diana to Boy George, or bobbing down the runways of Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs, and Dior.

Stephen Jones backstage at a Comme des Garçons show, 1985

Models in Stephen Jones headdresses for Stephen Linard’s graduate show at Saint Martins, 1980 (via AnOther)

Stephen Jones and his parents for The Daily Telegraph, photo Jonathan Root (via AnOther)

Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth in a Stephen Jones headdress

Stephen Jones with Anna Piaggi

Stephen Jones’ hats for Thom Browne ss15, photo Barbara Anastacio 

Stephen Jones, photo Marton Perlaki

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