In the age where hats are a dying part of fashion, Philip Treacy’s modern day success defies the rules of fashion. “The most interesting people in the world wear hats, and I get to meet them,” said the designer in the forward for his new tome released by Rizzoli. The massive book rendered in shocking pink is divided up into 15 sections ranging from nature to couture. 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, like the iconic butterfly headpiece from 2008.
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.
The book also celebrates Treacy’s long list list of celebrity clients and high-fashion partnerships with insight on the collaborations, meetings and parties involved. Among them, Alexander McQueen, Isabella Blow, Cher and Grace Jones—and the topnotch photographers who have favored the designer’s flair for the dramatic, such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Mario Testino.
Philip Treacy: Hats of the Twenty-First Century is available here Rizzoli.