HATS OFF TO PHILIP TREACY

His headwear has graced everyone from royalty to movie stars, with his groundbreaking designs challenging the previous perceptions on the traditional accessory. One of the most celebrated milliners to emerge from Britain, Philip Treacy’s vision is finally available to the masses in Philip Treacy: Head Wear and Work.

Naomi Campbell, Royal Ascot, 6 June 2002 © Kevin Davies; Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies, Phaidon 2013

Over the past two decades, photographer Kevin Davies has compiled a vivid tomb documenting the designer’s unique work, crafting process and famous clientele. He has had unprecedented access to the stylish hat maker, from observing the construction of pieces in his showroom to fittings with the world’s top models.

The result is a must-have coffee table book containing over 200 photographs accompanied by commentaries and anecdotes from both Treacy and Davies. The unique insight, personal recollections and detailed descriptions shed light on the intimate images and innovative designs, and are a must for fashion and design fans to pore over.

Born in Ireland, Treacy has over twenty years experience in the fashion industry, studying at the Royal College of Art before launching his namesake label. As well as his own line, he has designed headwear for numerous celebrated fashion houses including Givenchy, Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen.

Grace Jones, London, 1998, © Kevin Davies; In the studio, 11 November 1998, © Kevin Davies

Last year saw Treacy returning to London Fashion Week after twelve years away with a momentous catwalk show featuring a tribute from Lady Gaga and a performance by Grace Jones – one of Treacy’s long-time muses. This along with Treacy’s involvement in designing many of the show stopping pieces from 2011’s Royal wedding  – he created over thirty hats for guests – are just two of the illustrious events covered in this fashion essential.

For hat fans, fashion aficionados and design admirers, Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies is a celebration of beauty and design.

Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies is priced at £39.95 / €49.95, Phaidon 2013 and is available at www.phaidon.com