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Hat

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1995 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Philip Treacy, born 1967 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand stitched goose feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.182-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Philip Treacy describes his style as ‘modern millinery with a British influence, aimed at an international clientele’. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s millinery course (founded in 1988), he began his career as one of a new generation of innovative, art school trained designers who, during the 1980s, revitalised the British hatmaking industry by reworking traditional hat shapes and materials. Treacy designs occasion and daywear hats for established fashion houses, such as Chanel, as well as for his own couture and diffusion ranges. His most flamboyant creations are popular with women attending ‘Ladies’ Day’ at Royal Ascot, the world's most famous race meeting, where extravagant millinery is as much a part of the occasion as the horseracing.

Pop singer Kylie Minogue modelled this hat for the cover of Tatler magazine in July 1995. Milliners have traditionally used feathers to trim and decorate hats. Here Treacy plays with this idea, cleverly manipulating the shocking pink goose feathers so that they make up the hat’s entire structure.

Physical description

Hat made of shocking pink goose feathers.

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1995 (made)

Artist/maker

Philip Treacy, born 1967 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand stitched goose feathers

Dimensions

Length: 49 cm, Width: 40 cm, Height: 23 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1996/626.

Descriptive line

Hat made of shocking pink goose feathers, by Philip Treacy, British, spring/summer 1995.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. V&A Publications, London, England, 1997, pp. 148-149, plate 117.

Exhibition History

Hats An Anthology by Stephen Jones (Victoria and Albert Museum 24/02/2009-31/05/2009)
The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

Labels and date

Feathers have long been used to trim and decorate millinery, but here Philp Treacy skillfully manipulates them to create the entire hat. It is a technique Treacy describes as "painting with feathers". The hat was modelled by pop singer Kylie Minogue for the cover of Tatler magazine in July 1995. [1997]

Production Note

Spring/Summer 1995 collection.

Attribution note: This hat was modelled by pop singer Kylie Minogue for the cover of Tatler magazine in July 1995.

Materials

Feathers

Techniques

Hand stitching

Categories

Fashion; Accessories; Hats & headwear; Formal wear; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O84192
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