Phillip Treacy on That Isabella Blow Biopic and Why He Cast Only Black Models in His Runway Show

Phillip Treacy has an exciting new project in the works--and this one's got nothing to do with hats. The famous Irish milliner told WWD, "I am about to do a movie, which is very, very exciting." While Treacy declined to elaborate on the project, the trade claims, "it’s understood that the focus [of the movie] is on [Isabella] Blow."
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Phillip Treacy has an exciting new project in the works--and this one's got nothing to do with hats. The famous Irish milliner told WWD, "I am about to do a movie, which is very, very exciting." While Treacy declined to elaborate on the project, the trade claims, "it’s understood that the focus [of the movie] is on [Isabella] Blow."
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Phillip Treacy has an exciting new project in the works--and it's got nothing to do with hats.

The famed Irish milliner told WWD, "I am about to do a movie, which is very, very exciting." While Treacy declined to elaborate on the project, the trade claims, "it’s understood that the focus [of the movie] is on [Isabella] Blow."

Back in 2010, it was reported that a Blow biopic was in the works, and that both Treacy and John Galliano were somehow involved. The movie was supposed to be based on veteran fashion writer Lauren Goldstein Crowe's biography of the late fashion icon, Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion.

Since then, however, there's been little news of the film, and there's still no sign of it on IMDB. Could Treacy's recent comments mean that the ball is finally rolling on the project? We hope so.

Besides the Blow biopic, Treacy had some other, um, interesting things to say, like for instance why he cast only black models and used Michael Jackson's stage costumes in his recent runway show:

"I love African girls, and I love Michael Jackson—he’s the ultimate African-American entertainer. The show was also based loosely on the contrast between white women who come into my shop, try on a hat, and then look at me for reassurance—and black women. They’ll put on a hat and think, I look great! They have a different sense of exuberance, an inner exuberance."

Whatever Treacy's reasoning behind it, there's no doubt that the show was a hit, not least because it was a refreshing change from fashion's white-washed runways.