Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion

This exhibition is now closed  

7 February to 9 June 2019
Free with Royal Pavilion admission, members free

Hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones OBE takes over the Royal Pavilion in a dazzling new exhibition, showcasing some of his most famous designs. The Royal Pavilion has long been an inspiration to Jones and many of his hats reflect the wonderful, whimsical, radical nature of the Royal Pavilion, specifically his Spring/Summer 2012 collection Chinoiserie-on-Sea.

Photograph copyright Tessa Hallmann
Photograph copyright Tessa Hallmann

Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. It soon became a place of pilgrimage and patronage, as everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Diana, Princess of Wales, identified Jones as the milliner who would help them make arresting headlines.

The site-specific exhibition shows hats worn by celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Diana, Princess of Wales and also those made in collaboration with the world’s best fashion designers, including Dior, Thom Browne, Giles Deacon and Comme des Garçons.

In partnership with Harvey Nichols


Harvey Nichols is the world’s leading luxury retailer, renowned for its exclusive edit of the most prestigious brands across womenswear, menswear, accessories, beauty, food and wine. Founded in 1831, today Harvey Nichols has stores in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and a dedicated beauty store Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols in Liverpool. Outside of the UK stores include Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and internationally Riyadh, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Ankara, Kuwait and Doha.

Further information on Harvey Nichols can be found on the website

Please note seven of the hats are on the first floor and are only accessible via a staircase, visit our Accessibility page for more information.