For better or for worse, the curly-cued Philip Treacy creation worn by Princess Beatrice on Kate Middleton’s wedding day put the 22-year-old royal squarely on the sartorial map. From first glimpse, it set tongues wagging and bloggers typing — a search for “Princess Beatrice Hat” yields 1,860,000 results on Google — but there’s one person who couldn’t be less interested in the general opinion: Mr. Treacy himself.
In an interview with The Guardian in honor of an exhibition of the milliner’s creations currently on display at the Tate Liverpool museum, Treacy calls all the (largely negative) commentary on the hat a bunch of hogwash.
Were you hurt by the rude things said about the hat you designed for Princess Beatrice at the royal wedding (turkey twizzler, lavatory seat, pretzel)?
I felt hurt for her. She is only 22 and there was a little bit of bullying going on. I didn’t give a fuck about 140,000 bloggers. In the future, we’ll look back and think she looked wild…Princess Beatrice is Queen Victoria’s great, great, great, great granddaughter and looks like Queen Victoria. I thought of her as a beautiful, exotic, Victorian doll. I thought I was making a hat with a bow on it.
We didn’t hate the hat — it was just very odd looking — so we appreciate Treacy going to bat for Beatrice. But in the future, we’d appreciate it if he lay off the bloggers. We’re not all that bad.
Philip Treacy: ‘I like hats that make the heart beat faster’ [The Guardian]