Rare Early 1980s Stephen Jones Gold and Silver Velvet Hat
Stephen Jones is known for his extreme inventiveness and the high level of technical expertise that goes into each of his creations. He was one of the main players in the New Romanticism movement that followed the Punk era. The New Romantic movement drew its inspiration from historical dress and mixed that ideology with New Wave fashions and music in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in London. His hats soon adorned the heads of everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Diana, Princess of Wales.
This is a rare and early example of his work and was a custom order through the Bergdorf Goodman salon. It is a highly whimsical and stylistic piece constructed from a mix of silver silk velvet, gold lame leather around the crown, and a spray of silk and velvet leaves set jauntily at the side. It hugs the head and from the peak there is an extremely long pointed train of velvet that ends in a wide twist of gold painted leather. It is dramatic and witty and extremely unusual. The interior is lined in a pale blue silk satin with a scattering of gold stars and his signature worked into the print. The construction is wonderful and the word by hand. Excellent, appears unworn condition.
23" inner circumference and an interior hand sewn comb along the inner seam to help hold it in place once on.
Reference Photo: Kim Gordon wearing a Stephen Jones hat, 1980. From the book "We Can Be Heroes: London Clubland 1976 – 84" by Photographer Graham Smith.
This garment in clean, as found condition and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.