We’ve heard it said often ”hats aren’t for everybody” or ”I don’t have a head for hats”. Which, granted, is sometimes true, but we doubt Philip Treacy has ever said that about anybody.
He is perhaps one of, if not the most famous milliner (hat designer) of all time. If you see a large, interesting hat on the runway it was probably made by Treacy. Some of his close personal friends wear his designs all the time, women like Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga & Grace Jones.
The artist studied Fashion Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 1990 with honours.
His stardom was destined even before he graduated when he met style editor Isabella Blow at Tatler Magazine when he went to show one of his creations to editor Michael Roberts. She took him under her wing, wore many of his designs and even invited the designer to stay at her house!
The rest is history, throughout his career Treacy has designed many hats as part of other designers collections including; Alexander McQueen, Givenchy Haute Couture, Chanel, Ralph Lauren & Valentino. He’s also worked on numerous films including the Harry Potter series and Sex and the City.
The list of his celebrity clients is very extensive, everyone from Daphne Guinness to Beyoncé, from Lorde to Dita Von Teese and from Pamela Anderson to Boy George. Every time Sarah Jessica Parker walks the red carpet at the Met Gala, she’s wearing a Philip Treacy creation (for better or worse).
Last month, Treacy collaborated with M.A.C. cosmetics for a special limited edition line. Inspired by three of his hats.
Treacy seems to get inspired by pretty much everything around him, we would love to have him come to our showroom, pick a few fabrics and create a hat from them! Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Would you wear one his Philip Treacy’s hats? Are you as daring as Sarah Jessica Parker?