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After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990, Irish born Philip Treacy set up his studio in the Belgravia basement of his dear friend, Isabella Blow. They met when Philip took one of his first designs, a green felt creation cut like the jaws and teeth of a crocodile, to the Tatler offices where Isabella was style editor, before commissioning him to conjure up a lace creation for her wedding to Detmar Blow. Isabella remained one of Philip’s greatest supporters and it is iconic images of her, crowned by Philip’s designs, that spring to mind when either are mentioned. Philip premiered his solo show on the catwalk in 1993 and has since collaborated with everyone in the industry from Valentino to Givenchy and to another of Isabella’s protégés, Alexander McQueen. Other avant-garde fans of Philip Treacy include Grace Jones and Lady Gaga. Gaga has sported designs including a diamond-encrusted lobster and opened Philip’s 2012 London Fashion Week presentation in a pink burqa, previously owned by Isabella. For the Royal Wedding of Kate to Will, Philip fashioned 36 different hats for guests. One O.B.E later and Philip is still celebrated as the maddest hatter around. Not surprising, for a five-time winner of the British Accessory Designer of the Year Award.