The world's only haute couture hat designer.
He is now based in London, he designed hats for Alexander McQueen's white 'Haute Couture' collection at Givenchy in Paris, and has also designed for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel.
His degree show led to financial backing and in 1990, he opened his own business.
The designer branched out into accessories collection of bags, gloves and leather items in 1997 and in 1999 was asked by the Federation Françoise de la Couture to show his hats during the spring-summer haute couture presentations, the first ever Haute couture show in Paris entirely devoted to hats.
Every season Treacy stages his beautiful hat collection in Paris.
Yes, a Treacy designed Champagne bottle stopper has been launched. To celebrate his status as holder of Moet and Chandon Fashion Tribute Award, he designed a stopper in his signature Unicorn shape, which will be sold in a limited edition of 1,000. It will be sold exclusively by Selfridges in London.
February 16th 2006 saw the launch of the collaborative collection, Philip Treacy for Umbro at The Royal Horticultural Hall during London Fashion Week.
Treacy's millinery designs reflect his unquestionably vivid imagination, drawing upon diverse subjects such as surrealism, the dance of Martha Graham, or religious and historical imagery. Creating a hat, Treacy asserts, does not require space age influences; he prefers to plunder the past for inspiration and then make it appear totally new. A floral Treacy hat is a crash helmet covered in flowers and butterflies; a towering turban is created by an intricately wrapped blanket with fringed edging; a large cluster of black coq feathers are tied together with white feathers to form a brim and crown.
Treacy's hats, like those of other British milliners, are often described as eccentric. The designer attributes this eccentricity to the British being associated with idiosyncrasy, but says he does not set out to create deliberately unusual hats. Using what he describes as "boring" fabrics, Treacy begins working upon these materials with different treatments—feathers, for example, are singed so they take on the appearance of very fine gossamer.
An important factor in Treacy's work is his mastery of highly skilled traditional millinery techniques which ensure the correct balance, fit, and proportion for the hat which he concedes are as much mathematical as aesthetic. It is this artisan approach, with the emphasis on craft and technique, that characterizes much of Treacy's work.
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