Stephen Jones’ Glamour

Glamour at 'Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion'

Photo by Frederik Vercruysse

Glamour, the final theme of Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion, is introduced by a blown-up version of Ecstasy, one of the hats inspired by the film The Red Shoes. Glamour is about divas, among other things, resulting in a whole array of top hats in varying proportions. Glamour moreover evokes sex, parties, boudoir and spotlights.

Some collections are motivated by films and Jones would base hats on key scenes; for example, his ‘Artifice’ collection (Spring/Summer 2007) parallels the story line of The Red Shoes, a 1948 British dance film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The film is based on the principle of ‘a tale within a tale’, and introduces a young ballerina – played by the famous redheaded dancer Moira Shearer – who is forced by an unscrupulous impresario to choose between her art – dance – and love. ‘Ecstacy’, a distorted mask, is adorned with a photograph, a still shot of Shearer’s penetrating expression when she is in the delirium and passion of the ballet.