In seventy years of reign, the sovereign’s wardrobe would have had time to evolve. But what characterizes him is rather his stability: he has not followed fashion in its mutations, when the latter has become an industry driven by effective “fast-fashion” brands and big luxury brands that sell dreams. Elizabeth II ascended the throne in the 1950s, a decade when couture still eclipsed ready-to-wear and when, to get dressed, you had to sew your own clothes or hire a seamstress. She has always remained faithful to this operation, even if around her the outfits Givenchy or Zara by Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been the subject of endless debates in the press or on social networks.
Throughout its existence, designers with names unknown to the general public have shaped its wardrobe. Initially a fan of the iconic floral and pleated dresses of the 1930s and 1940s when she was a princess, Elizabeth then opted for dresses and prom dresses more in line with her future queen status. In 1947 she married in a dress embellished with a silk train of over four meters, designed by couturier Norman Hartnell.
After his accession to the throne in 1952, he became one of his official stylists and dressed him for banquets and state receptions abroad. For her daily outfits, the Queen called in designer Hardy Amies (until 1990), while milliner Freddie Fox was among the creators of her many hats until her retirement in 2002.
All shades of the rainbow
2002 is also the year that Angela Kelly becomes the“Her Majesty the Queen’s personal assistant, advisor and curator for jewelry, signs and wardrobe”. This divorced Catholic from Liverpool is breathing new life into the royal wardrobe. He prefers simple fabrics rather than models. Under his influence, the monarch takes on her taste for color, which she wears from head to toe, in a total look. All shades of the rainbow cross it, from apple green to fuchsia pink, through sky blue or lemon yellow.
“I mainly choose strong colors so that the queen is easily seen from afar”, Angela Kelly, designer of Elizabeth II
“I mainly choose strong colors so that the queen is easily seen from a distanceexplained Angela Kelly in her autobiography The other side of the coin. The queen, the dresser and the wardrobe (2019, not translated). When her schedule includes a walk, the size of the crown and brim of the hat is also taken into consideration, as the queen is aware that people travel everywhere in hopes of catching a glimpse of her and that it is important that young and old alike can see it clearly. . But the crown of the hat shouldn’t be too high, so that her Majesty can get in and out of a vehicle. “
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