Hat designer Philip Treacy has secured the commission of the year and is set to make headgear for the British royal wedding after being summoned to meet Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace.
The bride-to-be is a big fan of the Irish milliner’s hats and has worn them to several high-profile events, including William’s passing out at Sandhurst.
It is understood 43-year-old Treacy, from Ahascragh, Co Galway, has also been commissioned to devise designs for several other members of the royal party, including Kate’s mother.
He was previously given an OBE by the queen for his services to fashion.
The designer, who started making hats with duck feathers belonging to his mum, is expected to make a headpiece for Kate to wear at the evening wedding party. He famously made two hats for the Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding to Prince Charles and it was she who introduced the hatmaker to her future daughter-in-law.
Bruce Oldfield is tipped to make the wedding dress.
Vivienne Westwood last night put paid to any suggestion she might design the dress — hinting the royal bride-to-be was not stylish enough for her.
The fashion icon made her comments as she prepared to show her latest collection as part of London Fashion Week.
Westwood, who said the theme of her show was the Royal Family meets Alice in Wonderland, said: “I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton but I have to wait until she kind of catches up a bit somewhere with style.”
She laughed, then added: “Sorry. I’m not going to say any more, that’s it.”
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