Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies: with text by Kevin Davies and Philip Treacy

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Philip Treacy is one of the world's most famous and influential milliners. Hat maker to top fashion houses, celebrities and international royalty, his unique creations are hand-made feats of craftsmanship. Milliner of choice for designers including Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino and Chanel, Treacy is also the first milliner invited to have his own show during Paris couture week.

Intensely private, Treacy is averse to having outsiders watch him while he works. However, photographer Kevin Davies, close friend of the designer for over 20 years, has documented his unique access to the milliner and his fantastical studio, capturing moments with Treacy on his own, with his muses, or fitting his iconic creations. With over 200 photographs accompanied by anecdotes and insights by both Treacy and Davies, this book reveals the extraordinary world and creative genius of a highly influential figure.

Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 200 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714865270

Kevin Davies is primarily a portrait photographer and has photographed subjects as diverse as Tom Jones, Shane McGowan, Bridgette Fonda, Martin Sheen, members of the Royal family and bands such as U2 and Public Enemy. He has worked for NMEThe FaceI-D & Arena.

Identified by the late Isabella Blow, Style Editor of TatlerPhilip Treacy has designed hats for Alexander McQueen's white Haute Couture collection at Givenchy in Paris and for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel as well as Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karen. He was awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards five times. He has designed hats for various films including the Harry Potter franchise, and designed Sarah Jessica Parker's hat for the première of the film, Sex and the City. Thirty-six of Treacy's hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011, including the hat worn by Princess Beatrice of York, which was widely covered by the media.

"Lovely... All the most iconic designs are here."—The Observer

"How did one man change our minds on headgear? Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies celebrates [...] backroom moments of Treacy's career, no less striking than the headpieces he creates... The unseen stories behind all the 'moments'."—The Independent

"An usually revealing insight into the designer's work."—Harper's Bazaar

"Revealing [...] photos of Treacy at work. He looks determined and serious, but he has a kind face and he's never a poseur... In short, this is a cool book about a great guy."—VICE

"The head-topper extraordinaire gets a tip of the cap in the new book... Featuring over 200 images of the milliner's museum-quality lids, including head-turning snaps of mega-fierce singer and Bond villainess Grace Jones."—InStyle

"Inside the pages are 200 intimate pictures covering everything from Treacy's years at 69 Elizabeth Street to the scene backstage at fashion shows to the dignified funeral held for Treacy's beloved Jack Russell terrier, Mr. Pig."—The New York Times Style Magazine blog