It’s no surprise that Stephen Jones wears his beret at a jaunty angle. A true millinery maestro, his creations are worn by the world’s most stylish women and seen on the catwalks of designers such as Dior, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs, among others. In 2008, he dipped his nose into the fragrance world, when he teamed with Comme des Garçons to create a scent, and in February, Jones unveiled Hats: An Anthology, an exhibition he curated in collaboration with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Here, his musings on creativity, the common weal and whose heads he’d love to hat.

It’s one of the most elusive things on the planet. Like luxury, as soon as you try to define it, it evaporates. Beauty can be a beautiful woman, a beautiful man, a beautiful child or beautiful clouds in the sky. It’s also fragile. As soon as we try to examine it, we can destroy it. Beauty can be very transient. Beauty may not only be about grace and purity, but it can be the reverse. Who is to say a bride is more beautiful than a Goth girl going out on a Friday night?

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