"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."
One of the world's most influential milliners, Philip Treacy's career as a hat designer seems to know no bounds. Having worked with fashion icons like Alexander McQueen, Isabella Blow, Karl Lagerfeld and more, the artist's iconic headpieces have grabbed the world's attention over the last two decades for their breathtaking visionary style.
Having designed for icons from the Duchess of Cornwall to Lady Gaga, Irish-born Treacy is the recipient of numerous international awards for his work; five times British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, he also received an honorary OBE in 2007. An interdisciplinary mastermind, Treacy works with materials from Plexiglas to feathers to produce his inspired, novel creations.
This October, Rizzoli publish their beautiful, eponymous monograph on the star milliner: co-created by Treacy himself and fashion journalist Marion Hume, the book celebrates not only the artist's striking pieces but his creative process, his life and work, and collaborations and friendships with fellow creatives like Blow and McQueen. A deeply personal insight into the man and his milieu, the book offers a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the most memorable fashion images of our times and a study of the hat's place in the fashion landscape.
To celebrate the publication of Philip Treacy, we welcome the designer in conversation with Alex Fury, Fashion Editor at the Independent, as he unpicks a life and career at the very height of fashion.
The author will also be available to sign copies of his book at the end of the event.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
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