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Philip Treacy: Hat Designer

Written by Philip Treacy and Marion Hume

  • October 13, 2015
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Rizzoli
  • 10-1/4 x 13-1/4
  • $115.00
  • $115.00
  • 978-0-8478-4650-4

About This Book

The work of one of the most influential and innovative hat designers of this century. Philip Treacy’s career over the last two decades has been prolific and high-profile. A visual delight, this book shares Treacy’s favorite designs in 250 striking photographs, curated by Treacy himself, and showcases his collaborations and personal relationships. Treacy has said, “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.” Indeed, his hats have been photographed by the most iconic image makers of our time, including Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Irving Penn. And his hats have been modeled on equally famous heads, ranging from Grace Jones and Lady Gaga to the Duchesses of Cornwall and Devonshire.  
Since his early friendships with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, Treacy’s imaginative designs have been a synthesis of art and fashion, with materials ranging from silk and lace to Plexiglas and leather, trimmed with feathers or Swarovski crystals. Combining luxury and sophistication, his work has helped shape modern fashion. This first, highly personal book is a glamorous tour through Treacy’s world, and documents how a hat can evoke the magic of life and speak to the transformative power of fashion.

About the Author

Philip Treacy is the recipient of numerous international fashion awards (he is a five-time winner of the title British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards). Marion Hume has been the international fashion editor for The Australian Financial Review since 2006. She contributes to the Financial Times, the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, W, and the New York Times.


  • "Here, Treacy provides a deeply personal look at his creative process, his collaborations, and his legendary friendships with such fashion icons as Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen."

    "Philip Treacy: Hat Designer pays delightful homage to the work of an artist whose injection of wit and imagination made an anachronistic craft modern again." 

    "Stunning photographs show Naomi Campbell in a soup can hat inspired by Andy Warhol, Emma Watson topped with a large bird and twig hat from British Harper's Bazaar as well as backstage photos from some of McQueen's well-remembered millinery moments . . . A Philip Treacy hat is instantly recognizable - not only for its design but for the luxurious materials used and sourced from all around the world. Think: exotic feathers from France or high-quality straw from Italy. The Irish-born, British-based designer shows his nationality through his sensibilities too - there's drama, technique, and a long history involved in the genesis of each topper." 

    "This showcase shines light on one of the foremost hat designers with an ensemble of eye-catching photographs curated by Treacy himself. Discover more about his collaborations and his personal life with this volume."

    "Iconic hat designer Philip Treacy isn’t known for playing it safe, and his otherworldly creations have earned him a legion of fashion-forward friends and admirers, including Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Guinness, and the late tastemaker and magazine editor Isabella Blow. In his new book, Philip Treacy: Hat Designer, Treacy shares his influences, his inspiration, and, lucky for us, his designs."

    "Featuring editorial shots by legendary fashion photographers including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts, the luxurious monograph [Philip Treacy: Hat Designer] celebrates Treacy’s most fantastical, innovative and iconic creations — including a bird made of twigs designed for Alexander McQueen, his iconic “ship hat” worn by both Grace Jones and Isabella Blow and a Warhol-inspired fascinator resembling a can of Campbell’s soup, modeled by Naomi Campbell."

    "Philip Treacy’s hats have adorned the heads of everyone and anyone, from Kate Moss to the Duchess of Cornwall, who you might remember married Prince Charles sporting an elegant concoction of pheasant feathers. His new book is a showcase of his work, the people he has designed for and the renowned photographers who captured his creations. . . This book stands as a beautiful and enduring testament to his achievements so far, and is utterly deserving of a place in our perfect library."
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