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is a design genius extraordinaire.
His millinery sensations are head turning show-stoppers,
which are objects of praise, fascination, curiosity and sometimes outrage.
Recall the Treacy creation, which
Princess Beatrice wore to the wedding of the decade
that of her cousin Prince William and Katherine Middleton.
An unique creation, which merited its own Facebook fan page
and was also decried in some circles, for at best resembling a pretzel and
at worst a toilet seat: indeed very mixed reactions.
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Princess Beatrice in Philip Treacy
Yet, as with any bold statement maker,
there’s bound to be a bit of controversy –
a Treacy design is not for the faint of heart.
Born in Ireland into a large family, Philip Treacy attended
The National College of Art and Design, Dublin
where he began creating hats as accessories to his clothes design.
He focused on millinery arts while studying for his
MA in Fashion Design at the Royal College of Arts, London.
His MA show attracted the attention of influential fashion industry maverick
Isabella Blow who became mentor and chief aficionado of the Philip Treacy brand.
Isabella Blow in Philip Treacy
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Isabella Blow and Philip Treacy
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Like Isabella Blow, fashion fearless recording artist
Lady Gaga is a great admirer of Philip Treacy.
She has collaborated with Treacy
in creating many of her avant garde hat wear pieces .
Lady Gaga in Philip Treacy
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Philip Treacy’s most recent offering, S/S 2013
is inspired by music industry vanguard artists,
Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.
Gaga walked in the runway presentation as the opening model.
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Treacy casted only Black models for his runway show.