Milliner Stephen Jones has collaborated with Balenciaga, Raf Simons , Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld , Burberry, Vivienne Westwood , Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs , Jean Paul Gaultier , Dries Van Noten and Giambattista Valli, among many more. He is one of the most lauded milliners in modern memory and has worked in the industry for over three decades.
His work has featured in campaigns for Dior Parfums, Nina Ricci, Revelon, Lancome and L’Oréal. Along with his work in fashion, Jones has created costume pieces for Kiera Knightley in Atonement, Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Audrey Tautou in Coco Avant Chanel. In addition to his film work he has made tour costume pieces for Madonna, Alison Goldfrapp and Grace Jones.
Jones’ first commercial role was designing a line of hats for Fiorucci in 1979. In 1980 the owner of London boutique ‘Blitz’ Steve Strange provided financial backing for Jones' first millinery salon, which opened in the basement of the store ‘PX’, in Covent Garden. The salon was an instant success, Jones told The New York Times in 2008: "Overnight, I had a business."
On New Year's Eve 1980, Jones had his head shaved by friends, leading him to discover that without hair, his head was a perfect woman's stock size, and that he could become his own fit model. He now develops all his ideas and designs upon himself.
In 1982 Jones showed a collection in Paris for the first time, by this time Jones was well established in London’s burgeoning club-kid scene, which included Boy George, Spandau Ballet and the New Romantics, and high society. Diana, Princess of Wales and Isabella Blow were both regular customers. In 1984, he began selling his designs through Bloomingdales in New York.
Jones launched a diffusion line named Miss Jones in 1990 and in 1993 he launched Jonesgirl, a line exclusive to Japan. The Stephen Jones brand has had a strong presence in Japan since 1990, when Jones struck a licensing deal for T-shirts, cosmetic bags, and handkerchiefs to be manufactured there under his name; this was followed by Stephen Jones Kimonos in 1991, gloves in 1993, sunglasses in 1992, and handbags in 2002.