Philip Treacy: The Royal HatMan

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Philip Treacy has become the world's most in demand hat designer. His hats are as popular with European aristocrats as with Hollywood royalty. Widely credited for changing the perception of the hat, he designs hats to flatter and enhance the wearer.

Over the past two decades, his hats have been among the fashion world’s most extraordinary creations. They have attracted the attention of iconic image-makers and icons from Grace Jones to Lady Gaga, Madonna to the Duchess of Cornwall. The greatest photographers of the era, including such legends as Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, along with Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Patrick Demarchelier have chosen Treacy’s hats for some of the most memorable fashion images of our times. PHILIP TREACY: HAT DESIGNER, offers a deeply personal look at the hat designer’s creative process and his world, sharing stories of his collaborations, friendships, and how a hat can evoke the transformative power of fashion.

“I have had the greatest pleasure of having the opportunity to challenge people's perception of what a hat should look like in the century. I make hats because I love hats. It's an enigmatic object that serves the human purpose only of beautification and embellishment, and making one feel good, whether you’re the observer of the spectacle or the wearer.”

In this visually compelling book, Treacy shares his ability to synthesize art and fashion with materials ranging from silk to Plexiglas to humble farmyard feathers rendered fantastical through this Irishman’s skilful hands. The book illuminates the creative force of a designer who is equally artist and artisan. It also expands on his friendships with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen offering insight into how those relationships nurtured and fostered his imagination.

"Every hat I have ever made has begun in my mind as a photograph. I can see it on the model, at the right angle, before I even begin.” — Philip Treacy
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