Creator Of Princess Beatrice's Infamous Wedding Hat Feared He'd End Up 'With His Head On A Spike'
The Irish hat designer, who won the hearts (and heads) of high society, says that the patronage of the Queen as well as the rest of the royal family has kept the hat industry afloat. Philip Treacy created more than 20 headpieces for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
The 51-year-old is known for his bold and fascinating designs, but one particular hat made him worry for his life.
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The ‘pretzel’ hat
We all remember distinctive hat Princess Beatrice wore to Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding in 2011 - it’s hard to forget that crazy headpiece! The famous fascinator was later sold for £81,100.01.
Treacy described the backlash created by his headwear, saying:
There was a moment where I thought I would find myself with my head on a spike outside the Tower of London. But it was a very modern hat and modernity is always unusual things.
It was very modern, indeed, and we think Princess Beatrice definitely pulled off the bold design.
Should read: hat maker cashed in on putting a diaphragm on Royal head.— Mafia Kiss (@MafiaKiss) July 8, 2018
That kind of hat does not help us with wind/sun protection, does it?— Luke (@look_unesco) July 8, 2018
Um, that doesn't look like a head on a spike to me.— stephenlesliejones (@stephenlesliejo) July 8, 2018
Hahaha....that "hat" made the rounds that year. Everyone was virtually wearing it, including myself......because you could paste it on anything and anyone.— rd (@rdonal) July 8, 2018
It was so ugly we just felt compelled to make everyone try it on!! #VIRTUALHEADGEAR
Famous hat maker
The Irish milliner created headwear for many famous people, including Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Grace Jones. In the past, he worked for Givenchy and Ralph Lauren.
According to Treacy, the annual Royal Ascot always feels like Christmas to him, as many choose his hats for the event. We can be sure we’ve seen his creations on some high-profile people there, if not on the Queen herself, whom Phillip calls the trendsetter in the hat world.