Recently, some of the VisitBrighton team spent a lovely afternoon at the Stephen Jones Hats exhibition at the Royal Pavilion, which runs until 9th June.

Photo of Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion Brighton

Jones’s career spans 40 years and it is a treat to see such a wide range of his work on display. He has created hats for members of the royal family; musicians; actresses and models; and has worked with designers including Thom Brown and Giles Deacon. He has created installations of his captivating hats that appear throughout the Royal Pavilion’s exotic rooms, adding an extra layer of glamour to this already spectacular building. We particularly loved a dinner party set up in the Banqueting Room, with guests including Kate Moss, the Duchess of Sussex and Boy George (oh to be a fly on the wall at that meal!) and the feast and food-themed hats found in amongst the copper pans in the Great Kitchen.

Photo of Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion Brighton

A particularly special part of the exhibition is a 2012 collection called Chinoiserie-on-Sea, which is inspired by Brighton and in particular, the Royal Pavilion’s famous domes and Chinese-inspired interiors. Jones says that bringing the hats to the place that inspired them feels like a “homecoming” and we’d have to agree – they fit right in! There’s also a gorgeous display of mannequins in Giles Deacon gowns and oversized headdresses ascending the staircase; a series of crowns; hats inspired by Pac-Man (yes, really!); hats exploring the theme of Pride and much more besides.

Photo of Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion Brighton

This really is a wonderful exhibition and well worth an hour or two of your time. It’s a great tribute to Stephen Jones’s career and his imagination and creativity is clear to see. We highly recommend booking a ticket!

Photo of Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion Brighton

Katie F

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