Colin McDowell sits down with Stephen Jones, one of the world’s most celebrated and radical milliners, to discuss the business of making hats.
Thanks Susan. This is worth the read. Good to see Stephen's journey to arrive where he is today. Some great tips for us all. This statement has a few gems.
“It changes with every designer, of course. Each one has his own vision and the milliner must feel confident enough in his role to be able to empathise. I tell you, one of the absolute characteristics a milliner requires is being a very good listener. And that does not mean emails. It means face-to-face. That’s why I seem to be always in a plane. You chat and gossip, then you get down to talking about hats and it’s a good stimulating time because you feel you know each other. I carry a sketchbook everywhere and, on the plane, I start to draw. My job is to take the designer’s aesthetic and my aesthetic, combine the two and make something to put on the head!
It was a lovely piece and he does excellent work but in my opinion if we had fewer RADICAL milliners we would have more people wearing hats.