Irish hat designer Philip Treacy turns royal heads with OBE award

WHEN David Beckham was enrolled in the Order of the British Empire, the hat that his wife wore for the occasion attracted more attention than the VIPs.

It was designed by milliner to the multi-millionaires, Galway man Philip Treacy, who yesterday was welcomed into the OBE fold by another one of his fans, the Queen of England.

Ahascragh’s most famous son was invited, along with his family, to the stately pile of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

During a lavish ceremony at Clarence House “the honour was conferred on Philip in recognition of his services to the British fashion industry,” according to a spokesperson for the hat designer.

Mr Treacy, 40, was awarded the OBE by the Prince Charles and the Duchess.

Mr Treacy, who is based in London, has designed hats for Alexander McQueen’s collection at Givenchy in Paris, and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel.

He has been awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on no less than five occasions.

In 2005 he was commissioned to design hats for the wedding of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall.

That same year saw the culmination of his work as design director for the G Hotel, a five-star establishment in Galway city, which is the flagship of the Monogram Hotel Group.

Last year, saw the launch of the collaborative collection, Philip Treacy for Umbro at London Fashion Week. He is a graduate of the NCAD and was the protege of Isabella Blow, the late eccentric style icon.

Last year, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from UCD and the travelling exhibition “When Philip Met Isabella” at the National Museum in Collins Barracks, drew a record attendance, of more than 43,000 people.

Mr Treacy heads an international company that sells accessories worldwide.

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