Hat thumbnail 1
Hat thumbnail 2
+1
images
Not currently on display at the V&A

Hat

1995 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand stitched goose feathers
Brief Description
Hat made of shocking pink goose feathers, by Philip Treacy, British, spring/summer 1995.
Physical Description
Hat made of shocking pink goose feathers.
Dimensions
  • Length: 49cm
  • Width: 40cm
  • Height: 23cm
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by the designer
Object history
Registered File number 1996/626.
Production
Spring/Summer 1995 collection.



Attribution note: This hat was modelled by pop singer Kylie Minogue for the cover of Tatler magazine in July 1995.
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
De la Haye, Amy (ed.). The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947- 1997. London : V&A Publications, 1997plate 117
Collection
Accession Number
T.182-1996

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdSeptember 11, 2003
Record URL