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Comment 21 AUGUST 2012

Master milliner Philip Treacy set to fascinate with London catwalk comeback

Hat lovers rejoice – millinery maestro Philip Treacy is set to stage a return to British runways.

The king of fascinators has spent 12 years away from the London fashion scene, instead focusing on creating fanciful toppers for Paris Haute Couture Week and catering to his celebrity clients.

But the Irish creator will make his London catwalk comeback at the capital’s Fashion Week in September.



The industry waits with baited breath to see what the design genius has in store for his return to the style extravaganza.

Especially considering his spectacular debut in 1993 (pictured above).

He sensationally unveiled a collection of couture creations that were modelled by a roster of the world’s biggest supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Stella Tennant and Yasmin Le Bon.

"I phoned up Christy Turlington to say that I was having a show and would she do it for me," he revealed, speaking to the Daily Telegraph.

"She agreed and the rest followed on. Naomi Campbell’s agent called the next day. Kate Moss complained that I hadn’t asked her.

"The media went crazy when all those girls did my show and it completely changed perceptions of the hat."


After a successful run, he decided to leave for the City of Light in 2000.

But despite his 12-year hiatus, Philip’s works of art have remained firmly in the limelight, undoubtedly thanks to his long list of celebrity clients, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Victoria Beckham.

Not to mention the royals for whom he has had the honour of creating hats.

Fashion icon the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted sporting several Philip Treacy numbers.

And he famously fashioned headgear for handfuls of guests at her wedding to Prince William last year – including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

What’s more, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore his feather creation for her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 2005.



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