Limerick student Megan weaved her magic on royal wedding hats

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

IT’S been a year since the eyes of the world were fixed on William and Kate inside Westminster Abbey but for one Limerick student her abiding memory of the royal wedding resolves around a hat.

IT’S been a year since the eyes of the world were fixed on William and Kate inside Westminster Abbey but for one Limerick student her abiding memory of the royal wedding resolves around a hat.

Not just any old hat – the hat worn by the Queen’s grand-daughter, Princess Beatrice which caused an international stir.

Megan Burns, a fourth year student at the Limerick School of Art and Design, worked on the controversial hat during her placement with internationally renowned milliner Philip Treacy.

“Philip stayed up night and day to get that done and it was absolutely beautiful. We thought it was so different and so unique. She (Princess Beatrice) came up with the ideas herself,” said the 21-year-old who completed her third-year work placement with the Galway native at his workshop in Battersea, London.

”The amount of work that went into Beatrice’s hat was incredible. I loved it,” she added.

Philip Treacy pulled out all the stops for the royal wedding, creating a staggering 36 hats for royalty and celebrities alike, including Victoria Beckham, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

“I was involved in nearly all of them whether it was lining them or attaching the flowers or feathers,” said Megan.

“Obviously, the main designs were created by Philip and constructed by Philip but he really put a lot of trust in me which was amazing,” said Megan.

During the days and weeks leading up to the famous wedding, many of the guests popped in and out of the workshop for their fittings. “I was lucky that I got on with Philip and that he introduced me to all of them which was lovely,” continued Megan who is from Bantry in County Cork but resides on Clare Street in Limerick city.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie turned up for their fittings in relaxed attire - jeans and t-shits.

“They sat down and chatted to me like anyone else. Obviously I was hugely star-struck.”

Unfortunately, Megan never got to meet Victoria Beckham.

“Victoria was en route but press got word that she was coming so he went to her house instead,” she explained.

Megan is one of 24 students of Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, who will showcase their works at the annual graduate fashion show taking place on Thursday, May 17.

The show will take place at the LSAD Gallery, a former church providing the perfect backdrop to showcase the students’ new designs.

Tickets for the show are available now and priced at €30 each or family rate of four tickets for €100 and can be bought on www.litmt.ie or on www.lit.ie/lsad/fashionshow or contact Sean Casey on 061-208870.