Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies

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Publishers Weekly
Davies (Fashion Now) first photographed celebrated milliner Treacy at an American Vogue photo shoot in 1991. It was just a year after Treacy had graduated from the Royal College of Art and set up his first studio, and the same year Treacy won his first British Fashion Council award for British Accessory Designer of the Year. After several more encounters between designer and photographer, Davies became part of the Treacy studio family—along with the dog, Mr. Pig, and the house model, Alla. Most of this book is fashion photojournalism: black and white, often grainy, taken with existing lighting whenever possible. Most compelling are photographs of Treacy interacting with his clients—from Isabella Blow, the stylist most associated with Treacy’s work, to pop icon Grace Jones, to Princess Anne. The book concludes with the most important fashion “show” of Treacy’s career, the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Davies provides the most unvarnished version of the clients, assistants, and journalists that packed the milliner’s studio. Extended captions, written by both authors, are full of nicknames and insider references. A third-party introduction to Treacy and Davies would have increased the visual impact of the book and illuminated the intersection between their careers. Photos. (Apr.)
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"Author Kevin Davies offers an intimate peek into Treacy's studio as he concocts his whimsical shapes and takes stock of their effort on the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, and Grace Jones." - Diane Soloway for W

"Philip Treacy makes art for the head. Each piece is unique, a sculpture, a fantasy, a statement, an individual. . .a moment suspended in time." - Donna Karen, Fashion Designer

"Over the years, Treacy has created hats to accompany numerous designer collections, including Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, and Valentino - but one of his longest collaborations has, until now, been little known. His work with Kevin Davies, a talented photographer and longtime friend, is captured for the first time with a new book, Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies." - Isabel Wilkinson for Newsweek/The Daily Beast

"[This] new book made with the photographer, puts the inner workings of Treacy's world in the spotlight." - VOGUE

"The head-topper extraordinaire gets a tip of the cap in the new book. . .featuring over 200 images of the milliner's museum-quality lids, including head-turning snaps of mega-fierce singer and Bond villainess Grace Jones." - InStyle

"Kevin Davies' photographs give viewers an intimate look at the method and mind of Philip Treacy, milliner extraordinaire, who has crafted hats for celebrities, couturiers and royalty alike." - TIME

"A real-life mad hatter's exploits are captured. . .as the British milliner dreams up fanciful creations for everyone from Grace Jones to Kate Middleton." - WSJ Magazine

"Inside the pages are 200 intimate pictures covering everything from Treacy's years at 69 Elizabeth Street to the scene backstage at fashion shows to the dignified funeral held for Treacy's beloved Jack Russell terrier, Mr. Pig." - T: The New York Times Style Magazine blog

"Photographer Kevin Davies has released a behind-the-scenes documentary on daily life in one of the fashion world's most inventive ateliers. During formal visits from royals to fittings with supermodels and other celebrities, the lively mood at a creatively cluttered London workshop is revealed. . .A 20-year collaboration between the photographer and his favorite subject." - Travel + Leisure

"Top fashion designers such as Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen have tapped the singular creations of British hatmaker Philip Treacy. . .the author accompanies the almost 200 photographs with anecdotes about this mad hatter's imagination and complex craftsmanship." - Washington Post Magazine

"Notoriously private, the milliner has allowed only a few to watch his creative process unfold. Kevin Davies is one of them, having had sole photographic access to the studio since 1998. Out of his observations comes Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies. . .the book is a work of art in its own right." - The Wall Street Journal

"The beautifully crafted photographs in Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies are born of a close collaboration and friendship between a photographer and his subject. . .The book's commentary, by both Davies and Treacy - with its refreshingly open, conversational tone - help to heighten collaborative atmosphere. . .This book is both charming and disarming, and is, perhaps, at its most revealing in those moments that can only emerge as the result of close friendship and mutual trust." - TIME Lightbox Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714865270
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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