I am blessed to have had the opportunity to meet the amazing talented Philip Treacy on numerous occasions, but heading to London to co-curate Xterrace 21st Century Hat Exhibition, I knew I definitely wanted to share a couple of pieces with this Hatmaker.
I think it is important to start off with letting everyone know, that Philip Treacy is not known as a 'Milliner' in that term, yet 'Hatmaker'. Philip is the Genius behind the scenes where he designs and lay plans for hats for the coming year and makes the most beautiful Couture and Bespoke pieces, yet his life is not sitting stitching, hence the word 'Milliner' is one who is constantly making and stitching hats by hand and 'Hatmaker' is one more of design.
I was very excited to receive an invitation to meet with Philip after coming home from Dubai and closing the exhibition and to my surprise he had mentioned to me that he heard it was an 'Excellent Exhibition' and would have loved to have seen it, but due to prior commitments he was overseas. Even the remarks that he had heard and passed onto me and to my Co-curator Monique Highlands was such an honour and something we do not take lightly. (Australian and all exhibitors, please take a bow, as your impressive work has amazed so many in London).
I was expecting to speak about the latest lines and shapes for Royal Ascot, instead I was invited into Philip's private room which I felt extremely honoured. It was hard to look at him when sitting for Tea with all these amazing books and curios that keep him inspired sitting among us, but I was there to just share some time and for that I am so grateful.
I was invited to see the workroom and meet the staff who showed me a piece that they were working on for Madonna with Swarovski embellishment, but that I keep to myself as I am blessed to be in many Hatmakers/Milliners back rooms and what goes on in the back is like guarded magician secrets that I am blessed to see, but believe it is like any artist, they need to keep it closely guarded. My mothers hidden sanctuary of her artistic studio is the same, I treat is with the utmost respect.
I was delighted to be shown through Philip Treacy's block collection and loved hearing stories of how he came to ideas to make the blocks, collaborations and the fondness of Isabella Blow and the art they shared together.
Beyond Hatmaker I believe that Treacy is Genius and does not work on a level like most others. I shared time and stories with Philip which gave me insight into him just being a normal person with talent that extends beyond hats: He is a master designer and creator of all things beautiful. Time is one of the most precious things you can share with someone, as even when I am in my home city, I am devoted to my family and musing over things I love, there is not much room for socialising these days. I am so grateful for the time we shared and the stories that were meaningful and hope I can inspire for future. I think Paris Kyne would be extremely chuffed to think that his work was being shown to such an Icon as Philip Treacy and these hats are only for exhibit now as they are too close to my heart for anything to happen to them.
In closing, to co-curate an exhibition of something I love and be appreciated for it, is beyond belief and to have others believing in my plight of loving wearing hats is beautiful. There is no huge mystery to why I love hats, just something that started at a young age and continued. I am very blessed to be living my dream, but also I thank my nearest and dearest family that want me to succeed and believe in my dreams and passions.
Racing Fashion is more than Fashions on the Field and walking around in a hat and beautiful clothes, it is a lifestyle or way of life. Racing Fashion has inspired so many to start blogs, love hats and wear beautiful clothes. Beyond the clothes, lays the heart and the art that lay behind the person who makes these amazing garments and hats. These Hatmakers, Milliners and Couturiers are amazing people with stories to tell and have lived amazing lives that bring them to the point of becoming 'Masters' of their craft.
Please always think, where have your garments come from, how have they been sourced and who is the person behind the design and aesthetic, is it something blocked and made for the masses or is it something you are going to treasure for a lifetime and remember all your most wonderful memories in. That is passion for fashion for me.
Philip Treacy Hats are exclusively available at Christine, Flinders Lane in Melbourne, or directly through Philip's website. Click Here.