Royal hat-maker Philip Treacy ‘feared head on spike’ (BBC)

Royal hat-maker Philip Treacy ‘feared head on spike’ (BBC)

The hat-maker who made Princess Beatrice’s distinctive headwear for the 2011 royal wedding said he feared his design could see his “head on a spike”. The Irish milliner, 51, made the claim on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs which airs on Sunday. The ‘pretzel’ hat sold for £81,100.01 after Beatrice wore it to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Mr Treacy has made headwear for other famous people including Madonna, Lady Gaga and Grace Jones. He was mentored alongside Alexander McQueen by fashion magazine editor Isabella Blow and went on to work for Ralph Lauren and Givenchy. Mr Treacy said the annual Royal Ascot horse races were like “Christmas” due to the popularity of his designs among a number of high-profile guests. When asked by presenter Kirsty Young what luxury item he would like with him on an desert island, Mr Treacy said he would want a sewing thimble. Read more

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