Design a hat to be exhibited at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery

Design for Stephen Jones

Winner Announced On
August 30, 2011
THE BRIEF

Stephen Jones, one of the world’s finest milliners, is inviting designers to submit a photograph or illustration of their originally designed hat for the chance to be a part of Hats: An Anthology, an exhibition hosted by the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

The exhibit is a collaboration between Stephen Jones and the V&A and has previously attracted over 350,000 visitors in London and Brisbane. The selected hat will be displayed in the Bard Graduate Center Gallery as part of the exhibition. Stephen Jones is looking for originality and creativity and encourages participants to use any kind of material - from paper to metal, fabric to feathers, card to plastic. Participants have to produce their hat and submit a photograph or illustration.

“It’s great to be working with Talenthouse in the search for a new milliner. I’m excited to see how people react to the brief and what ideas they come up with. Hats really can be anything and made from anything – just look at Elsa Schiaparelli’s shoe hat! The exhibition has been a huge success so far and I’m sure we’ll have lots more visitors in New York. This is a great opportunity for designers of all kinds to make something spectacular. Hats are the exclamation mark of an outfit, let’s hope we get some strong statements!” Stephen Jones
ABOUT STEPHEN JONES
Stephen Jones is a leading British milliner who is considered one of the world's most radical and important designers of today. Stephen Jones is also one of the most prolific milliners, having created hats for the catwalk shows of many leading fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Comme des Garcons and Marc Jacobs. Stephen has dressed the heads of Diana Princess of Wales, Rihanna and Dita von Teese and made hats for films such as 'Atonement', 'Coco avant Chanel' and Madonna's forthcoming 'W.E'.
ABOUT BARD GRADUATE CENTER
Since its foundation in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, an international study and exhibition center of Bard College, has aimed to become the leading graduate institution in American higher education for the study of the cultural history of the material world.

The BGC, located in New York City, is committed to the encyclopedic study of things through an M.A. and Ph.D. program, exhibitions, publications, and public education programs.
ABOUT DOLLY JONES
Dolly Jones, Editor of Britain’s Vogue.com is responsible for an awarding-winning website that is the most fashion-forward and regularly updated fashion destination online. Dolly sits on various fashion panels including the British Fashion Council and the Innovation Initiative Forum and she is also on the committee of the British Society of Magazine Editors.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Stephen Jones on the search for a new milliner on Talenthouse.  – Stephen is one of fashion’s most inspirational characters and I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with to try and impress him. It’s a really exciting project.”Dolly Jones
THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The winning hat will be displayed at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery for the duration of Hats: An Anthology (September 2011 - April 2012).

The winner will also receive:
  • A two week internship with Stephen Jones in London (travel and accommodation in London are the responsibility of the winner)
    The internship must be taken between October 2011 and April 2012 and can only be used by the actual winner. £15 per diem will be provided for expenses.
  • Two tickets to the opening night party of Hats: An Anthology at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City on the 14th of September 2011 (travel and accommodation in New York are the responsibility of the winner.
  • A signed copy of Stephen Jones’ book Hats: An Anthology.
  • A one year membership to the V&A in London.


Two runners up (as selected by Stephen Jones) will receive:

  • Two tickets each to Hats: An Anthology in New York City (travel and accommodation in New York are the responsibility of the winner)
  • A signed copy of Stephen Jones’ book Hats: An Anthology.
  • A one year membership to the V&A in London.
  • Global exposure by having their design featured on stephenjonesmillinery.com, his Facebook page and Britain's Vogue.com.
THE COMMUNITY CHOICE

The highest voted submission will receive:

  • A signed copy of Stephen Jones’ book Hats: An Anthology
  • Global exposure by having their design featured on stephenjonesmillinery.com and his Facebook page
CREATIVE INVITE GUIDELINES
  • Participants must submit only one entry and must be in the form of an illustration or photograph of their completed hat.
  • Files must be submitted in JPG, JPEG or PNG format.
  • Participants are responsible for producing their own hat which must be ready to be shipped by August 26, 2011 (the winner will not be responsible for the cost of shipping the hat to New York and return after the exhibition)

  • The winning hat will be displayed in the Bard Graduate Center Gallery from September 15, 2011 - April 15, 2012.
  • The internship offered to the winner must be taken between October 2011 and April 2012 and can only be used by the actual winner. £15 per diem will be provided for expenses. Travel, accommodation and any other costs are the responsibility of the winner.
  • Tickets to the exhibition in New York will be provided to the winner and runners up but travel and accommodation in New York are the responsibility of the winner and the runners up.
  • V&A Members enjoy free priority entry to exhibitions, preview days, an exciting events program and a host of other benefits: www.vam.ac.uk/membership.
HOW STEPHEN JONES WILL CHOOSE
Stephen Jones and Dolly Jones, Editor of Britain's Vogue.com will choose the winners from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions and Guidelines.
Key Dates
  • Submit By: August 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: August 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: August 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: August 30, 2011
All times are in Pacific Daylight Time.