There are so few designers ... of anything... who reach career highs within their lifetime and remain there. We are not talking about the “pets” or the media darlings who have PR machines and corporate money behind them, I speak of independent super talents who achieved this designation or plateau with their god given talents … my focus is Philip Treacy. Today it is all about celebrating a creative wunderkind who knows no bounds and who is instantly synonymous with his métier. As far as I can see, this is a man of epic talent and endless imagination who creates for runways, royalty and never ever the run of the mill!! While he may be a bit brief in his replies to my questions he is wildly prolific in his output! What needs to be considered here is one question and one reply…. “What is your bliss?” and the reply is inventing hats!! Please take note of the choice of words here as they are so very telling of the man!! … Inventing!!!! Bravo !
-What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
My Alexander McQueen suits, he gave me.
-What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships? Loyalty
-What is your bliss?
-What is your guilty secret?
I think about new hats all day long
-Where is your ideal home?
London, it’s a fantasy.
-What do you wear to bed?
-What’s your advice to the “newcomer?”
-Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
-What is the best advice you ever received?
-In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
Trendless, open, marketing
14-If you were a retailer; would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store?
Or where would you shop?
-If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
Plants. I love gardening
-If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson
-What is your favorite movie /or movie star?
Legend / Tom Cruise
-Whose opinion do you value most and why?
The people I work with, I trust them
-What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
It’s all legible
-Do you have a dream collaborator?
-What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
Surviving as a hat designer in the 21st century
-What’s your music library like?
-What and where is your favorite meal?
Anything my partner Stefan cooks