Philip Treacy

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Philip Treacy
Born (1967-05-26) 26 May 1967 (age 50)
Ahascragh, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Alma mater National College of Art and Design
Royal College of Art
Occupation Milliner, fashion designer

Philip Treacy, OBE (born 26 May 1967) is an Irish milliner and designer based in London.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Philip Treacy was born on 26th May 1967 in Ahascragh, in County Galway in the West of Ireland Republic of Ireland.[3] He moved to Dublin in 1985 to study fashion at the National College of Art and Design, where he made hats to go with outfits he designed.[4] From there, in 1988, Treacy won a place on the MA fashion design course at the Royal College of Art in London, where he graduated in 1990 with first class honours.[4]

In 1989 he took one of his hats to Michael Roberts, fashion editor of Tatler magazine, and his style editor, Isabella Blow.[5] Blow asked Treacy to make a hat for her to wear for her wedding, and invited him to live with her and her husband Detmar in their home, from which Treacy started working.[5]


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wearing a Treacy hat in June 2012

Isabella Blow not only helped Treacy to launch his millinery career, but famously wore many of his hats herself.[6] One of Treacy's hats was chosen by Blow as part of her selection for the 1997 Dress of the Year, alongside a purple coat designed by Deborah Milner with whom Treacy shared a studio at the time.[7][8]

Philip Treacy has designed hats for Alexander McQueen, including his white collection for Givenchy Haute Couture, for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and for Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.

Princess Beatrice's fascinator by Philip Treacy

He has designed hats for various films, including the Harry Potter films.[9] Sarah Jessica Parker wore one of his designs to the Sex and the City film première.[10] He has also designed hats worn by Lady Gaga. One of his notable designs for her was, a telephone-shaped headpiece with removable handset, worn for her appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in 2010.[11]

Thirty-six hats designed by Treacy were worn at the Royal wedding[12] of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011, including the controversial fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice of York.[13]

In addition to his millinery Treacy was design director of the g Hotel in Galway, in 2005.[14][15]


Treacy was awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions during the early 1990s.[16]

He was awarded an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the British fashion industry by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Clarence House in November 2007. Treacy designed the headdress worn by the Duchess of Cornwall for the couple's wedding.

In popular culture[edit]

In 2010 Treacy was one of six contemporary, internationally renowned Irish fashion designers featured on a set of Irish postage stamps issued by An Post. The other designers featured were Paul Costelloe, Louise Kennedy, John Rocha, Lainey Keogh and Orla Kiely.[17]


  1. ^ Paula Reed; Meredith Etherington-Smith (2001). Philip Treacy. Charta, 2001. p. 72. ISBN 978-88-8158-355-3. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Lucia van der Post (2008). Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me: A Guide to Living with Impeccable Grace and Style. Da Capo Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-7382-1278-4. Retrieved 11 December 2010. "Philip Treacy, generally acknowledged to be Britain's greatest milliner.... 
  3. ^ Reed, Paula; Etherington-Smith, Meredith (2002). Philip Treacy: unlikely sculpture. Milano: Charta. p. 53. ISBN 9788881583553. 
  4. ^ a b O'Briain, Colm (7 April 2006). "Text of the introductory address delivered by: PROFESSOR COLM Ó BRIAIN, on 7 April, 2006, on the occasion of the conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, on PHILIP TREACY" (PDF). National University of Ireland. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Sheridan, Jayne (2010). Fashion, media, promotion : the new black magic. Hoboken: Wiley. p. 27. ISBN 9781118815021. 
  6. ^ Roberts, Glenys (9 May 2007). "Isabella Blow: Eccentric to the end". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Fashion Museum, Bath. "Dress of the Year 1990 - 1999". Fashion Museum, Bath. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Ehrman, Edwina (2011). The wedding dress : 300 years of bridal fashions (Hardback ed.). London: V&A. p. 168. ISBN 9781851775064. 
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  10. ^ "Sarah Jessica Parker wears outrageous 'satellite dish' Philip Treacy hat". Mail Online. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Lady Gaga's telephone hat". 
  12. ^ Philip Treacy: King of Royal wedding hats Irish Independent, 2011-04-29
  13. ^ Newscore (11 May 2011). Princess Beatrice's ridiculed wedding hat to be sold on eBay New York Post
  14. ^ The g Hotel — Galway . website.
  15. ^ Susan d’Arcy (19 February 2006). "The g Hotel, Galway". The Times. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Philip Treacy 'Hatforms' at IMMA Thursday". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 5 April 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Magnificent Irish fashionista stamps". World Stamp News. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 

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