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Virtual Event | Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones

Thursday, November 18

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum invites you to a virtual conversation with the renowned Stephen Jones, milliner to the House of Dior since 1996, and Oriole Cullen, fashion and textiles curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. With more than 200 pieces of Dior fashion in the Chicago History Museum’s costume collection, including hats, CHM has had a longstanding interest in the French fashion house’s work. Join us to hear these two notable figures discuss the history of and current trends in the world of millinery and fashion, including the recently published book Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones.

Program runs about 1.5 hours. The Zoom link will be emailed to ticketholders the week of the presentation.

Exclusive Box Set includes:

  • Special Edition Costume Council box
  • Signed copy of Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones
  • Bookmarks and set of special edition notecards featuring Chicago History Museum Dior collection highlights
  • Special gift of Dior
  • Custom cookie by Vanille Patisserie

Boxes will ship the week of November 1. Complimentary shipping available only in the continental US. Boxes purchased after this date may be picked up at the Museum.

Ticket Levels

Presenting Sponsor: $1,000
Includes two boxes and the Zoom link.

VIP Sponsor: $500
Includes one box and the Zoom link.

Exclusive Box Set: $200
Includes one box and the Zoom link.

Link to join Zoom webinar: $50

Milliners Guild and Student Access: $25
We’re pleased to offer a special discount to students and members of the Milliners Guild who wish to attend the presentation.

Underwriting opportunities available

Questions? Contact Nell McKeown, institutional advancement events manager, at 312-799-2112 or at [email protected]


ABOUT Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones

From Monsieur Dior’s fabulous hats to those that matched haute couture silhouettes by Yves Saint Laurent, floral toques by Marc Bohan, majestic, wide-brimmed hats by Gianfranco Ferré, extravagant confections by John Galliano, poetic creations by Raf Simons, and feather headdresses by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior Hats revisits sumptuous moments. A series of exclusive, never-before-published photographs by Sølve Sundsbø, as well as emblematic images by fashion’s greatest photographer showcase this key essential. A celebration of distinction at its quintessence.

Compiled under the virtuoso eye of Stephen Jones, this unique tome unearths archival treasures, taking the reader on a fantasy odyssey of discovery through a mix of words and images dedicated to these fascinating objects of desire.


Since the early 1980s Stephen Jones has collaborated with designers from Vivienne Westwood and Claude Montana through to his current work with Thom Browne and Christian Dior. Jones’s hats have been an integral component in some of the most memorable runway spectacles of the past quarter century.

In 2009 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, he curated the hugely popular exhibition Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones, breaking attendance records around the world. In addition, his hats are also collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris.

Today, Jones’s retail boutique, design studio, and workroom are all located in a charming Georgian townhouse close to the site of his very first millinery salon. In addition to his Model Millinery collection, he designs the widely-distributed Miss Jones and JonesBoy diffusion ranges.


Oriole Cullen is a Fashion and Textiles curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Prior to joining the V&A, she worked at the Museum of London as curator of Dress and Decorative Arts. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published and lectured on the subject of fashion and textiles. Since 2006 she has overseen the V&A’s Fashion in Motion series, working with contemporary fashion designers to showcase their work in live settings within the Museum space. She was co-curator with Stephen Jones on the 2009 V&A exhibition Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones and more recently worked with Stephen on the V&A’s Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition in 2019.


The Chicago History Museum is home to one of the largest repositories of fashion in the United States, with over 50,000 historic garments and accessories. Since 1974, The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum has been raising awareness through its unique collaborations with designers and exhibitions. The ongoing fundraising support from the Costume Council allows for the preservation and interpretation of historic costume and dress.


Special thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
Pamella Capitanini

Presenting Sponsor
Liz Stiffel
Richard Weinberg

Milliner’s Circle Sponsors
Stephen Jones Millinery

Majestic Sponsors
Kathleen Boege
Maggie M. Morgan
Two Girls & A Hammer
Vanille Patisserie

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Hat, 1948 (side oblique view). Silk velvet. Christian Dior, Paris. CHM, ICHi-063288
Hat, c. 1950. Silk velvet. Christian Dior, Paris. CHM, ICHi-063197
Hat, c. 1954. Wool felt, silk satin ribbon. Christian Dior, Paris. CHM, ICHi-063239
Hat, c. 1954. Silk velvet, taffeta. Christian Dior, Paris. CHM, ICHi-063242
Hat, c. 1955 (oblique view). Silk velvet. Christian Dior, Paris. CHM, ICHi-063280

The Details



18 th

5:00–6:30 p.m. CT



$ 25–1,000

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories