Philip Treacy. The Maestro
Philip Treacy is back! The large-scale show by the world’s greatest milliner is the gift to St. Petersburg that Erarta Museum has in store for its own 10th anniversary
The hats created by this celebrated designer and the only recognized haute couture milliner in the world grace the heads of royalties, including the British ruling dynasty, and countless celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and many others. Treacy designed his own collections for such fashion greats as Chanel, Givenchy and Umbro.
His formula for success is simple: boundless imagination and bold ideas. A swan, a horse head, a lobster, a telephone, a hand, an ashtray — Philip Treacy can be inspired by any of these, and many other things!
The designer constantly experiments with palettes and shapes across an ever-expanding range of materials: feathers, artificial and natural plants, plastic, metal, fur, textiles, and even electrical devices.
In 2015, Erarta Museum already staged a Treacy retrospective spanning the master’s quarter-century artistic career. The show was an instant hit, becoming the most-visited exhibition of its time and drawing an incredible number of positive reviews. This admiration was requited: Philip Treacy loved both St. Petersburg and the museum, so the decision to stage an exhibition of his quirky hats as a gift to the city for Erarta’s 10th anniversary came quite naturally.
Along with popular favourites from the Hats in the 21st Century, the show will feature Treacy’s creations previously unseen in Russia and his new fashion designs.
Philip Treacy in his own words:
On each hat I spend as much time as it requires to become extraordinary.
People coming to my studio often ask: ‘But where are the sewing machines?’, and I always answer: ‘Here are my hands, that’s everything I need.’
In the morning I feel dressed only after putting on my finger thimble.
I love when hats make your heart beat faster and make you feel like a million dollars.
A Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Philip Treacy is a five-time winner of the title of Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and a dozen of other prestigious prizes. Today his works are not only exquisite items of clothing, but also valuable museum objects. Treacy’s hat exhibitions are hosted by the world’s most famous galleries. The first exhibition of his masterpieces was held by the renowned Metropolitan Museum in New York. At the same time, he continues his collaboration with such leading fashion houses as Armani, Ralph Lauren and Givenchy, and never forgets his favourite beauties: Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and the irresistible Grace Jones. He even acted as the stage designer for the black pop diva’s world tour. Philip Treacy was also one of the co-creators of the grandiose Vivid Grand Show at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.