An exhibition of hat moulds and drawings by the renowned Irish milliner Philip Treacy opens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on 5 April. The show features individually carved preparatory solid wooden blocks, (used as a base on which fabric and other materials are formed) alongside a series of drawings and a video of Treacy's recent couture show in Paris. 'Unlikely Sculpture: Hatforms by Philip Treacy' reveals the process by which his hats are created as well as exploring the sculptural qualities of these forms.
Treacy is considered the most famous hat designer alive; in a recent poll he was amongst the ten most recognised fashion designers in the world. He was born in Galway in 1967 and studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He opened his studio in London in 1991 and presented the first of his annual catwalk shows at London Fashion Week in 1993. He has won British Accessory Designer of the Year five times.
'Unlike Sculpture...' was organised in association with fig-1 in London, where it was presented during London fashion week 2000 in February. It continues at IMMA until 10 June.