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Philip Treacy argues hats can be youthful

Published 18/04/2011 | 12:55

Philip Treacy says it’s "ridiculous" that so many people think hats are for old people.

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The legendary milliner is famed for his extravagant headwear, having created pieces for Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen in the past.

While celebrities often ask him to make them one-of-a-kind pieces, Philip worries everyday people are no longer interested in hats.

“I remember in the early 90s people saying the hat was just for old women, but that's ridiculous. Everyone has a head. A hat can make you feel special and young women look great in them,” he enthused.

Philip created the headpiece Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore when she married Britain’s Prince Charles. He is known to be working on several pieces which will be worn to Prince William’s upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton, although he remains secretive about exactly who will be donning his wares.

He will only say his hats are going to the ceremony, although to say who has commissioned one would be “indiscreet”. It could be anyone from a member of the royal family to a celebrity guest, which is what Philip finds exciting.

“That's the great thing about the job I do,” he told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. “If I designed dresses I would just have one type of customer, but doing hats I get to work with Lady Gaga and the wife of Prince Charles and everybody in between.”

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