Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stephen Jones: A Season of Hats at the Peabody Essex Museum

A hat makes clothing identifiable, dramatic--and, most importantly, Fashion...they confer a sense of presence and poise to the wearer that, in my mind, cannot be achieved through clothing or other accessories.
Stephen Jones A Personal View
Hats: An Anthology, 2009

The photos throughout this post are perfect illustrations of the transformative nature which hats bring to the wearer, so deftly described by Mr. Jones. Among my favorite images (left), following a November fashion show, the milliner is flanked by Peabody Essex Museum staff members who were the models. "Presence and poise" (and just sheer glee) was in abundance and transmitted to an appreciative audience.

If you are still looking for a special gift, you may want to visit the "hat boutique" at Peabody Essex Museum shop, where you will find something special in all price ranges. Do hurry as a number of milliners work has already sold out!
Director of Merchandising, Lynne Francis-Lunn
 in Stephen Jones
Milliners currently on view include: 
Stephen Jones, London, England
Dinah Makowsky, Memphis, TN
Sarah Havens, Louisville, KY
Denise Shea, Maynard, MA
Eric Javits, New York, NY
Natasha Manolagas, Swampscott, MA
Gwendolyn Gleason, New York, NY/Naples, FL

Thank you to Stephen Jones, Oriole Cullen, Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum, Lynda Hartigan, PEM Chief Curator, Juilette Fritsch, PEM Director of Education, Paula Richter, PEM Curator of Exhibitions, Lynne Francis-Lunn, PEM Director of Merchandising and the many friends, colleagues and staff of the Peabody Essex Museum, for creating a magical season of hats.

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