Noel Stewart is a London based milliner with international status. Taking inspiration from contemporary art and architecture he continually modernises millinery to creates a fresh and elegant approach to how we dress the head. Noels' collections combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship with contemporary innovation.
Noel attended the Royal College of Art for his M.A. in millinery and is now a visiting lecturer there. He then worked for the Queen's milliner Philip Sommerville and Stephen Jones OBE. This included time spent as Stephen's assistant at Christian Dior Haute Couture, John Galliano and Louis Vuitton.
In 2013 Noel was appointed to the role of Creative Director of Christys’ Hats. Having been bought by Liberty of London, this heritage hat brand chose Noel for his in-depth understanding of the industry and his unique ability to create contemporary headwear.
Since establishing his label Noel has designed hats for leading fashion designers including Roland Mouret, Diesel, Roksanda, Erdem, Hussein Chalayan, Richard Nicoll, Jaeger, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Holly Fulton, Sibling, Viktor & Rolf, Ryan Lo, Gareth Pugh, and JW Anderson. His continuing work with such designers reflects the relevance of his role in contemporary fashion.
Off the catwalk Noel Stewart has acquired a loyal fan-base. His hats have been worn by Keira Knightly, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue and Beth Ditto. Noel’s work also had an important role in the V & A’s exhibition ‘Stephen Jones – An Anthology of Hats’ which opened to record visitors in London and Brisbane before going on to open at the Bard Graduate Center in New York.
Noel receives ongoing, widespread press. His hats feature regularly in magazines such as Vogue UK, Italia, Russia, China, Japan and France as well as Harpers Bazaar UK, China, Dazed and Confused, ID, V Magazine, LOVE, Dansk, Financial Times, Ponystep, AnOther and 10 Magazine. He also has featured on Dazed digital, ASVOF and Vogue.it. The Design Museum chose Noel’s Ribboned Cityscape Hat to represent 2011 in their book -50 Hats that changed the world and Yasmin Sewell nominated Noel for the Phaidon book – Pattern, 100 fashion designers, 10 curators. His hat for JW Anderson was nominated for The Design Museum - Design of the year 2015.
Noel was selected to be a part of the Headonism initiative at London Fashion Week. This unique initiative which champions the new wave of British Milliners highlights London as the inspirational heart of global millinery. Noel is now a British Fashion Council advisor on the selection panel for Headonism and he won Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the UK Fashion and Textiles Awards 2015.