Philip Treacy gave the Sunday Guardian a juicy unfiltered interview, where the famed milliner dished on everything from his muse Isabella Blow, having Lady Gaga as an intern, and the backlash that followed the hat he designed for Princess Beatrice to wear to the royal wedding.
When asked if he was “hurt” by the mean things that were said about the hat he designed for Princess Beatrice to wear to the royal wedding (if you need a refresher on all the hilarious internet memes the hat spawned, here you go):
I felt hurt for her. She is only 22 and there was a little bit of bullying going on. I didn’t give a fuck about 140,000 bloggers. In the future, we’ll look back and think she looked wild.
Is a hat’s design dictated by a person’s character?
Of course – Princess Beatrice is Queen Victoria’s great, great, great, great granddaughter and looks like Queen Victoria. I thought of her as a beautiful, exotic, Victorian doll. I thought I was making a hat with a bow on it.
On having Lady Gaga as an intern:
She plans to [do an internship with me]. She’s already visited me. This is what happened: one Monday morning, four burly bodyguards arrived – Lady Gaga’s security team – to check out the security of the building. I looked at them as if to say: what?! Who is going to take a pot shot at Lady Gaga? Anyway, she is young, talented and peculiar – which I like. The Brit awards were the next night and she said to her people (I loved this): “Can somebody buy me some brown underwear for tomorrow?”
On Isabella Blow:
Isabella belonged to the 20s – we were lucky to have her in the 21st century. When have you ever heard of someone in the fashion business having a heart? She was fun, unbureaucratic, generous. And she had a good heart. She introduced me to everything I know.
You must miss her…
Yes – every day. She invented me. We were like Bill and Bert. I made the hats, she wore them…