Cunard collaborates with milliner Stephen Jones OBE
Inspired by Cunard and the iconic Transatlantic Crossing, internationally acclaimed milliner Stephen Jones OBE creates a stunning millinery masterpiece
Luxury cruise line Cunard, together with legendary milliner Stephen Jones OBE, has unveiled a stunning millinery masterpiece on board Cunard’s magnificent Queen Mary 2.
Stephen, who has designed for royalty including Princess Diana, Princess Eugenie and the Duchess of Sussex, has drawn inspiration for the design of the hat from Cunard’s rich heritage and the emotive experience of sailing across the Atlantic on board the luxury ocean liner.
“There is something truly unique about travelling across the Atlantic on board the QM2 for a Transatlantic Crossing. It is an experience that never leaves you and this emotional connection that guests have for this voyage, in addition to Cunard’s history, provided the perfect inspiration to create this headpiece,” said Stephen.
He added: “I wanted to design something that was strong and bold – yet elegant and regal, like a crown. The hat is a nod to the beauty of the sea but also the glamour of ocean travel that Cunard epitomises. The look and feel is modern and contemporary and could be for the British Social Season. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the hat being worn at Gold Cup Day, Royal Ascot in a few weeks’ time.”
Stephen has incorporated a variety of materials into the headpiece, mirroring the designer’s own preoccupation with creating designs that appeal to fashionable women who are confident in their wardrobe choices. He works for many clients, from some of the most legendary fashion houses including Dior to London society.
Stephen will headline Cunard’s annual Transatlantic Fashion Week, which departs New York on 28 July arriving in to Southampton seven days later on 4 August 2019. The hat will form part of Stephen’s glittering runway shows on board. In addition, Stephen will be taking guests through his distinguished career via a series of talks and Q&As. Stephen will be joined during the fashion week by some other celebrated names in fashion, including Stuart Weitzman, Hilary Alexander OBE and Lindy Woodhead.
Lee Powell, Vice President Brand & Product, Cunard said: “The Transatlantic Crossing is our most iconic and treasured way for guests to experience sailing with Cunard on the Queen Mary 2, and to see this brought to life through this stunning design, by one the most respected milliners of our generation, in such an innovative and interesting way, is wonderful.”
He added: “Cunard has long been synonymous with style and similarly fashion has always been a real passion of our guests from across the world. We celebrate this every year with our unique Transatlantic Fashion Week and this July, with hats being the perfect expression of individual style, we can’t wait to welcome Stephen and his stunning collection on board, for what will be a truly incredible experience for our guests as they sail across the Atlantic.”