(…) Philip Treacy worked on Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, making 28 identical hats for schoolgirls from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, led by Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour.
His hats are usually seen on the catwalk rather than on screen, but Treacy said working on the films, which starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, had been one of his “happiest” experiences.
“I was asked by Jany Temime, who was the costume designer on a few of the movies, to come up with a design for the Beauxbatons characters,” he said. “It has a very unusual approach to costume because it wasn’t ‘costumey’, it was a combination of contemporary and fantasy and just had a highly unusual styling and language from day one. It was one of the happiest collaborations I’ve ever worked on because it was fun, it wasn’t difficult so it was a fun experience.”
Treacy’s initial sketches, fitting photographs and finished products can be seen as part of the tour’s new feature. Iconic costumes from all eight of the films, including Hermione’s Yule Ball gown, Harry’s school robes and Professor Slughorn’s lilac pyjamas, will be going on display as of July 21.
While Rowling’s headpiece might never be seen in public, Treacy said that she knew exactly what she wanted for the commission.
The author even left her mark in his Battersea studio, with a quick-thinking scrawl of graffiti: “We have a door at work and we get people to sign it. As she was leaving I asked if she’d mind signing it and she wrote ‘Griffin-door’. She’s not JK Rowling for no reason.”
Runs from July 21 to September 4 at Warner Bros Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter