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Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy OBE (born 26 May 1967) is an Irish milliner and one of the 20th century’s foremost hat designers.

Born near Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland, to the late James Vincent Treacy and Katie Agnes Treacy. Philip Treacy has seven brothers and sisters. He studied fashion at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

Now based in London, he has designed hats for Alexander McQueen’s white Haute Couture collection at Givenchy in Paris and for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. He has been awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions during the early 1990s. Isabella Blow style editor of Tatler helped Philip launch him self as a well known Milliner and wore many of his hats.

In 2005 he was commissioned to design hats for the wedding of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall; she wore one of his creations, a metallic feathered “head-dress” on the occasion. The same year saw the culmination of his work as Design Director for The G Hotel. A five star hotel in Galway City, it is the flagship of the Monogram Hotel Group – a subsidiary of Irish developer Edward Holdings.

On 16 February 2006, he launched the ‘Philip Treacy for Umbro’ collaborative collection at the Royal Horticultural Hall during London’s Fashion Week. The collection promised to surprise and excite fashion and sports industries, but proved unsuccessful and lasted only one season. The launch featured modelling from Jasmine Guinness, Erin O’Connor, Alek Wek, Grace Jones and appearances from Michael Owen and Tara Palmer Tompkinson.

On 19 November 2007, he was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British fashion industry by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Clarence House.

In 2009 he designed a hat for Lady Gaga for the 2009 Grammy’s.

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