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Fascinating Treacy: The Milliner of Choice

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


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A Look Back at the Royal Affair

We weren’t sure which designer Kate would choose for the most important day of her life…We predicted McQueen by Sarah Burton- it just made sense. Not only is the fashion house known for it’s beautiful gowns but with it’s British heritage, it was a mtach made in heaven.

She chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing-Telegraph-

Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day…Sarah Burton

I think Kate looked lovely. Although it must be said that an updo would probably have suited the dress more and complimented her pretty features. I also think she should have opted to get a makeup artist rather than do her own makeup. Even though she went for the classic, natural, bridal look I recon she would have  had a fresher, crisp look had she used an artist instead.

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Kate’s reception dress, also by McQueen

Photos where not credited: Vanity Fair, people Magazine and Daily Mail UK

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Royally Stylish

According to reports, Kate famously caught Prince William’s eye in 2002, while they were students at the University of St. Andrews. Kate modelled the “see through dress” in the college charity fashion show called “Don’t Walk” sponsored by Yves St Laurent. The dress sold for just over $125,000on the 17th March 2011.

Designer Charlotte Todd with her See Through Dress, which was originally meant to be a skirt.

The dress, by former student Charlotte Todd, was inspired by the charity show’s theme “the art of seduction.” According to Robin Givhan, a special correspondent for style and culture for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Todd’s interest was in textiles, but as a result of the fashion show, she needed to make it into a garment.

What distinguishes Middleton’s dress (and that term is being used loosely here) is its lack of seductive finesse. It’s a look-at-me, sexual shout-out, reflecting both the youth of the wearer—Middleton is now 29—and the culture of its times. It resembles the sort of going-out garb young women weaned on Sex and the City might choose. It recalls Carrie Bradshaw’s blurring of the lines between high fashion, low style, and kooky costume: a cultural moment when bra straps were accessories, tutus became skirts, and a pair of knit knickers were perfectly acceptable “pants” for a night trawling the clubs -Robin Givhan

Since she began dating the Prince, the future princess has found herself on several best-dressed lists. She also pursued a career fashion by working at the fashion retailer Jigsaw.

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Photos: The Telegraph Fashion

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