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Philip Treacy’s hats at exhibition in St. Petersburg


Philip Treacy, the world’s top milliner, has brought a collection of his hats to St. Petersburg. The hats he designs are not longer considered as just headgear, but as objects of art. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel’s Valentina Vozhegova comes with details.

Distinctive, extravagant, incredible – these could be the right words to describe the famous hats by Philip Treacy. The artist believes that it is not necessary to wear a hat to enjoy it. Looking at the hats, you do wonder, where you could wear them.

Philip Treacy, hat designer, tells: ‘Children are my favourite audience. They can be a bit rude. But a child will never say, where are you going to wear such a crazy hat, a child will say, mmm, interesting.’

However, such stars as Madonna, Lady Gaga and even members of the British royal family found occasions to wear hats by Treacy. The designer could even sometimes refuse to sell his hats. He would not sell his famous galleon ship hat even to Michael Jackson.

Philip Treacy explains: ‘I took me so long to make it. It is mine, it is not a money issue, you see, I am a bad businessman. I just need that hat, it is part of me.’

The exhibition in the Erarta Contemporary Art Museum showcases 46 exclusive hats by Philip Treacy. This is the second time the famous designer has brought his hats to the museum. Five years ago, his exhibition was the most attended one.

Valentina Vozhegova continues: ‘The secret of the master is his boundless courage and phantasy. A swan, a horse head, an airplane or a lobster, anything can inspire Treacy.’

Philip Treacy is sure that a hat is a symbol of positive attitude and hope, exactly what people need during the pandemic. After his first visit to St. Petersburg, he made a hat design inspired by the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. He will probably wear a new hat when he visits St. Petersburg for a third time.

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel