Film & TV

J Smith Esquire’s millinery and accessories regularly feature in major motion pictures, streaming and television series. Justin designs in collaboration with costume designers to develop characters and convey stories.

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The Gilded Age, Season 1


Justin worked closely with Kassia Walicka-Maimone to create bespoke hats for the lead character ‘Bertha Russell’ in the first in the long awaited series of ‘The Gilded Age’ by Julian Fellowes. Costume design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.

To read articles about the costume click here and here.

The Great, Season 2


Millinery for Elle Fanning, Gillian Anderson & Nicholas Hoult, bespoke hats made for the second season. Costume design by Sharon Long.



J Smith Esquire created bespoke millinery turbans for Emma Thompson as ‘The Baroness’. Costume design by Jenny Beavan.

“Justin’s work is so innovative and appropriate, his turbans for Emma Thompson in ‘Cruella’ just hit a perfect spot” – Jenny Beavan.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie


A signature roll brim bowler hat was created in luxury black felt for Max Harwood playing Jamie. Costume design by Guy Speranza.

Come Away


Millinery for Angelina Jolie for her role as ‘Rose Littleton’. Costume design by Louise Stjernsward.



Millinery for Robert Downey Jr. playing ‘Dolittle’. A J Smith Esquire signature asymmetrical top hat from the ‘Black collection‘ in brown volour and a strip straw tall top hat from the ‘Gold collection’. Costume design by Jenny Beavan.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil


Justin worked very closely with Angelina Jolie to create the iconic headwraps for Maleficent, in this second instalment. Costume design by Ellen Mirojnick.

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi


Millinery by J Smith Esquire for ‘Episode VIII’.  Carrie Fisher wore a bespoke formed bandage headband, over 80 futuristic hats were made for the ‘Canto Bight’ world and John Byega wore a bespoke Captains cap. Costume design by Michael Kaplan.

By the Sea


Angelina Jolie in a cream wide brim sun hat from the ‘Gold collection’ made by J Smith Esquire. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt wore several hats made especially for the movie. Costume design by Ellen Mirojnick.



Millinery for Amanda Seyfried & Kathy Burke. Amanda wears a custom asymmetrical cloche from the ‘Black collection‘ & Kathy wears one of nine ‘Flying nun cornettes‘ hand made for the film. Costume design by Jacqueline Durran.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E


Bespoke commissions for Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer. Alicia wears a J Smith Esquire wide brim sunhat from the ‘Gold collection‘ & Armie wears a classic J Smith Esquire oversized flatcap from the ‘Black collection’. Costume design by Joanna Johnston.



Bespoke millinery by J Smith Esquire for Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.  Justin worked closely with Angelina Jolie to create iconic head wraps for her character. Costume design by Anna B Sheppard.

“Justin Smith is an amazing artist… he sculpted the head wraps to be strong, unique and iconic.” – Angelina Jolie.