If you watched the Royal Wedding, the one thing that would have stood out (besides Kate’s magnificent McQueen dress) was the beautiful collection of hats and fascinators atop the heads of the royal guests. One thing that certainly stood out for me was that a large number of those hats and fascinators were made by one man: Philip Treacy. In fact, to be accurate, thirty-six (36) of Treacy’s hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011. Let’s put this into perspective:
His hats are priced on three-tier levels, on average £95 for street-wear hats and fedora’s; £200-£500 for occassion-wear hats and £5,000 for couture hats. The wedding was a royal occassion so let’s ignore the fact that most, if not all, of the women probably wore couture hats. Working on the middle tier, Philip could have anything from £7200-£18 000 on the wedding alone!! If those 36 hats were couture hats, he made in the region of £180 000 on one event, albeit a very special event!
Irish-born Treacy studied journalism at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. The 44 year old ‘mad hatter’ has designed hats for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karen.
The miliner has been awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions during the early 1990s and he was also awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British fashion industry by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Clarence House on 19 November 2007. Isabella Blow, former style editor of Tatler, is known to have championed his design genius and helped Treacy launch himself as a well known milliner by often wearing many of his hats.
A part from working with many haute-couture designers, he has also designed hats for a number of celebrities.
“Most will have three or four fittings because, of course, it has to be right; something like a billion people will see them on the day.”
Treacy with model Iman
Gaga for Treacy
Photos: Daily Mail, Telegraph