Surrealist Hats By Stephen Jones


It happens to me very often that I come out with a hat from a shop where I went in to buy a dress. Even in the most crowded store, my eyes turn into a radar and always find the hats. I have a black and glossy velvet hat by Vakko from 1977, which I love much but don’t know where it came to me. Did you know that Vakko’s root goes back to a small store, Şen Şapka (Happy Hats), established by Vitali Hakko in 1934? Vakko has always been the pioneering symbol and brand of change not only in clothes, but also in minds. Something new is going on in Vakko Fashion Center which has such an architectural design that amazes me every time I pass by. When I first heard about the exhibition, I was walking on air; you see, it was about hats!


But what hats!Fantastic, witty, brave, elegant and luxurious designs… Vakko brings art lovers together with the worldwide known designer of radical hats, Stephen Jones. Stepehn knows no bounds on material; one can see high-heeled shoes, floor lamps, soles of feather and plush, straws and many other fabrics and even plastics in his hats.

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Born in 1957 in UK, Stephen Jones is known as the most radical hat designer of 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to the hats he designs for his own collections, he produces extraordinary hat designs every year for collections of worldwide famous fashion houses.

His designs were previously exhibited in globally known museums such as London Victoria& Albert Museum, Paris Louvre Museum and New York Brooklyn Museum.

For two months, Vakko Moda Merkezi will be hosting the ehxibition”Stephen Jones& The Accent of Fashion” which also covers the past of Stephen Jones Millinery that celebrated its 30th year in 2010 autumn.

The exhibition has designs of Stephen Jones for Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Comme des Garçons, Claude Montana, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Azzedine Alaa Walter Van Beirendonk, Mark Jacobs and many other brands, along with the designs that he made for his own collection.

Art lovers will see the role of Jones in the world of fashion much better in the exhibition”Stephen Jones& The Accent of Fashion”. Jones leaves his mark on and completes collections the fashion designers create with his fantastic designs and surrealist approach.

It seems that Jones has analysed the past quite well and added his own creativity and quality on what he was inspired by other periods.He re-made the hat with a high-heeled shoe of Salvador Dali. The hat he made by melting plastic is among the hats that attracted me most. Well, it is difficult to distinguish… All of them are indiscernibly beautiful, just like sculptures! Among his design, there are some innovative, luxurious, elegant, feminine and of course daily models.


I would like to be the model of these hats, so that I would have tried all of them. Of course, possessing a Stephen Jones hat would be the best! You have time until 7th June to see these fantastic hats of unusual materials. Lots of thanks goes to Vakko for these unseen beauties…

I want them so badly!

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