Friday, July 22, 2016

The Queen's Wardrobe, Fashioning a Reign

The Queen’s Wardrobe, Fashioning a Reign

In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday three special exhibitions, Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, is being staged across each of Her Majesty’s official residences during 2016.
On July 23 the second leg of the exhibition opens at the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace before moving to Windsor Castle in September 2016.
The group of outfits charts Her Majesty’s life and reign from childhood to the present day, and represent family, official and ceremonial occasions, and significant events in the Queen’s life and the nation’s history through an unprecedented collection of clothes, jewellery and accessories designed for these occasions, from childhood to the present day.
At Buckingham Palace, the setting for many memorable State and family occasions during the Queen’s life and reign, the exhibition will present the fashions of ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. It will show the unique requirements of royal couture, from ceremonial and military attire to ensembles worn at family celebrations, such as weddings and christenings. Early childhood, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s wedding, the Coronation, and wardrobes created for royal tours and state visits will all be represented.
The Queen’s support of British couture and millinery will be highlighted throughout the three exhibitions, which will feature important pieces created for a world stage by renowned designers, including Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.
Each exhibition is part of a visit to the palace and included in the general admission ticket. Tickets and visitor information:


A Sketch of the Coronation dress, 1953, Norman Hartnell
A Sketch of the Coronation dress, 1953, Norman Hartnell
Hartnell, who had worked for the Royal Family since 1938, was subsequently commissioned to design the dress worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. He created a gown in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with an iconographic scheme of national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-coloured silks, encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals. Unknown to The Queen, Hartnell added an extra four-leaf shamrock on the left side of the skirt for good luck, so that Her Majesty’s hand could rest upon it during the ceremony.
Sandra and I thoroughlly enjoyed this LINK – 90 images of the Queen covering 90 years.
All images featured of the Queen’s Coronation dress including the sketch are copyright the Royal Collection Trust

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