Star Hat Designer Stephen Jones on His Campy Creations for the Met Gala


At this year’s Camp-themed Met Gala, really anything goes. For Michael Kors, that meant topping every single look with a Stephen Jones hat. “When we heard the theme, we knew we would want to incorporate some fabulous hats and headdresses to give the looks that wink of exaggeration and glamour,” Kors told ELLE. “The intricacies of some of the designs required work that only Stephen Jones could do. And we had just recently worked with him for our Fall 2019 Collection, so it was a natural fit.” Ahead, Jones shares the inspiration for tonight’s creations.

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Gigi Hadid

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“For Gigi I wanted to create the ultimate glamorous hat so we used a similar shape to the hats I made for Michael’s last show but we covered it in glitter. There has to be some sparkle on the red carpet.”

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Emily Blunt

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“Emily played Mary Poppins and was of course adorned with the signature mini boater. So when designing for Emily for the Met Ball, I was keeping that in mind—what would Mary Poppins like to wear to a ball?”

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Bette Midler and daughter Sophie

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“Bette has such a wonderful personality. We wanted to match the hat to her charm and wittiness. I designed a sequin top hat that opens with butterflies flying out. For [Bette’s daughter] Sophie I wanted to create something as flamboyant as she is. We used orange and yellow feathers, which looks like a sunset.”

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Tiffany Haddish

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“For Tiffany, I created a chic black trilby, and to imagine that camp element we included some coque feathers to add that pizazz.”


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