A leading Irish milliner is to supply the hat worn by Camilla Parker Bowles at her wedding to Prince Charles, it emerged today.
However, Philip Treacy, who has created hats for Madonna and Marilyn Manson in the past, is keeping the design under wraps until the Royal Wedding in Windsor’s Guildhall tomorrow.
“She will look fabulous. I think people will be surprised,” he said.
Even Prince Charles is being kept in the dark about what his future wife will wear for the Royal Wedding.
Treacy, 37, has designed hats for the Queen, Zara Phillips and Princess Michael of Kent, as well as Ms Parker Bowles in the past.
Born in the small village of Ahascragh, Co Galway, Treacy lived across the road from the local church.
He has described the sight of couples and guests arriving for weddings as his first encounters with fashion shows.
“It seemed so glamorous to see these creatures appear in these extraordinary clothes, as we didn’t have much glamour where I come from.”
He studied fashion at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin before moving to London to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art, where he specialised in hats.
His beloved companion was his late dog, Mr Pig, who recently died.
Mr Pig treated most celebrities with disdain but was said to have developed a special affection for Mrs Parker Bowles.
Treacy recalled one occasion when Mrs Parker Bowles was receiving a fitting and Mr Pig “lay at her feet, gazing up at her adoringly“.
He is due to join other designers for the final fitting of Mrs Parker Bowles’s suit today.
In 1989 Treacy took some of his designs to Isabella Blow, then style editor of Tatler magazine.
She asked him to create a medieval-style head-dress for her wedding and from that day Blow has been Treacy’s muse, wearing some of his most extraordinary creations.
Treacy set up a workshop in the basement of her Belgravia home and soon attracted a celebrity client list.
Madonna, Renee Zellweger, Boy George, Grace Jones, Marilyn Manson and Diana Ross have all bought his hats.