90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe

Fashioning a Reign

She is one of the best known women in the world. She is working in her current position since 64 years! If you think she is a workaholic – maybe, I don’t know. But she and her family is famous and well dressed: I talk about Her Majesty the Queen. And if you use this description in Europe there is only one “Queen”: Queen Elisabeth II. She is the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She is the oldest reigning monarch in Britain. This year the Queen turned 90. Now there are three amazing exhibitions about the dresses and the style of the Queen “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe”.

A total of around 150 outfits will be shown across the three Palaces. The content of each exhibition has been selected to have particular association with the location.

#1 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

(until 16 October 2016)

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse the use of tartan in royal dress is explored. The group of outfits, which chart Her Majesty’s life and reign from childhood to the present day, and represent family, official and ceremonial occasions, is the largest display of The Queen’s dress ever shown in Scotland.

For public appearances during childhood, Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret often wore formal dress, such as the pink, princess-line coats and matching bonnets in the exhibition.

#museum | Palace of Holyroodhouse

#exhibition | Fashioning a Reign

#until | 16 October 2016

#2 at the Buckingham Palace

(until 2 October 2016)

Visitors will enjoy an unprecedented display of The Queen’s dress in the special exhibition Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe. Spanning ten decades, from the christening gown worn by the month-old Princess Elizabeth in 1926, to the vivid green ensemble worn by The Queen at this year’s Trooping the Colour, the exhibition explores ceremonial and military attire, dress for State occasions and overseas tours, outfits for family celebrations, and Her Majesty’s support of British design.

Throughout her reign The Queen has exclusively patronised British designers, including the great couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, who was responsible for many of the outfits worn by Her Majesty at State events, on tours and at family occasions.

The Queen is well known for block-colour dressing, using bright, bold colours to ensure she is easily visible on important occasions.

A display of The Queen's hats from Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe at Buckingham Palace. Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, 23 July - 2 October 2016. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.
A display of The Queen’s hats from Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe at Buckingham Palace. Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, 23 July – 2 October 2016. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

#museum | Buckingham Palace

#exhibition | Fashioning a Reign

#until | 2 October 2016

#3 at Windsor Castle

(from 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017)

At Windsor Castle magnificent evening gowns worn on official occasions will be contrasted with Princess Elizabeth’s fancy-dress costumes from wartime family pantomimes held at the Castle.

Windsor Castle  Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
Windsor Castle
Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

 

#museum | Windsor Castle

#exhibition | Fashioning a Reign

#from | 17 September 2016

#until | 8 January 2017

 

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