Thursday, July 28, 2011


Phillip Treacy and Lady Gaga.
 It would be impossible to write anything about modern hats without including a nod (or in this case an entire post) to Irish milliner Phillip Treacy.  Rarely am I at a loss for words, but even I must admit, these hats speak for themselves.  Behold........

SJP and Catherine Windsor are both huge supporters of Mr. Treacy's work.

Remember that kinda great wedding in April?  Well THIS hat figured rather prominently and was later auctioned off for quite a handsome sum.
When asked in the interview if anyone could wear hats, PT replied:
"Hats are meant to be for everyone.  It's a very potent part of the body to decorate because when you meet people for the first time, you are not meeting their foot or their hand or their hip, you are meeting their face.  The purpose is to enhance the features of the face.  It's also a cheaper alternative to cosmetic surgery."
In the studio with Phillip Treacy.
I can't think of a better reason to wear a hat, can you?

Sorry for the quality of the photo here, but you cannot talk about PT without mentioning his muse, friend, and perhaps first and most ardent supporter - Isabella Blow.  Look her up, she's really quite fascinating.

No one is quite certain of the origin of the phrase mad as a hatter, but apparently mercury was frequently used in the process of hat making (to cure pelts).  Many milliners suffered from mercury poisoning which caused brain damage.  Could this be the source of the phrase?

If I had the means THIS would be my hat of choice.
I don't think the wearing of hats has caught on with American women as it has in the UK, at least not where I live.  Do you wear hats? 
Just because it's worth seeing one more time.
"Why is a raven like a writing desk?" * The Hatter

* Apparently Lewis Carroll never meant for there to be an answer to this riddle.
Have a beautiful day.

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