Turban. India, 1800–1900. Paper-mache covered with red velvet, gold thread, and sequins. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 0336 (IS). © V&A Images

Milliner Stephen Jones has launched a retrospective entitled Hats: An Anthology at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

In partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum of London, Jones chose over 250 hats of historical and fashionable significance.

From the fez of Egypt to Balenciaga’s 1950’s creation to Jones’ own designs, Hats: An Anthology celebrates the revitalization of the British hat craze and offers a riveting look into the history of the millinery and its future in fashion.

Jones released this statement about his exhibition.

 Graham Smith. Pirelli Tire. London, 1985. Velvet and net. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Given by Mrs. Wenda Parkinson, T.480-1985. © V&A Images

“I was honored when the V&A asked me to curate an exhibition about hats. I had so much fun finding unique head decoration in the most interesting places. This exhibition draws on millinery collections world-wide and is truly an eclectic and exciting anthology of hats from the last millennium to the present day.”

Hats: An Anthology exhibit will be on display from September 15, 2011 to April 15, 2012 at The Bard Graduate Center located at 18 West 86th Street.