The Queen may have just turned 90, but there is no doubt that she still is an ultimate style icon. Her classic style is timeless shown from her childhood to present day in the exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty’s support of British couture and millinery is shown in her significant pieces created for the world stage by renowned designers such as Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.

The Fashioning a Reign exhibition opens on 23rd July across the three palaces. It presents over 150 outfits worn by the Queen over the decades. Each special exhibition displays a range of memorable dresses from her coronation to the dress she wore for William and Kate’s wedding.

Made from duchesse satin, lace, sequins, diamante and beads, this asymmetric crinoline-skirted gown of pale yellow and turquoise - made by Sir Norman Hartnell, her favourite couturier of the time - is a perfect example of the Queen’s Fifties fashions

All outfits are handmade, which makes them extra special due to the time and effort the designers and tailors put into the creation. Unknown to many, most of her dresses were designed to highlight the country she was visiting.

Here are few of my favourites from the exhibition:

The Gown for a Historic Visit

The Queen first wore this turquoise dress in 1965 when she became the first British head of state to visit Germany after World War II

Designed by Savile Row’s Hardy Amies, the Queen wore this turquoise dress when she became the first British head of state to visit Germany after World War II in 1965. Made from organza silk, sequins, silver thread, beads and pearls it was worn to an official state banquet and is certainly fit for a queen.

The ornate embroidery over the bodice was inspired by the Rococo interiors of the palaces at Schloss Bruhl,Germany, which designers researched prior to the Queen’s visit.

The Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony Dress

 This has to be many peoples’ highlight from the Olympics in 2012, to see the Queen living the dream as a Bond girl and parachuting out of the plane. It was hilarious and will go down in Olympic history!

The Queen played herself in a short film with James Bond actor Daniel Craig during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and is expected to be one of the most popular attractions.

It was created by Ms Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and adviser, using sumptuous materials such as silk, lace, beads, feathers and enamel. A second was also made for the monarch’s stunt double Gary Connery who jumped out of the helicopter.

 

 

Exhibition curator, Caroline de Guitaut from the Royal Collection Trust said: “The philosophy behind the design I believe is to have something in a colour that wouldn’t be in anyway representative of any of the countries participating, so that’s why the colour is quite unique, that sort of peachy, corally pink.”

Buckingham Palace exhibition opens July 23, until October 2 2016. Click here for a preview of the exhibition.

Article by Rachael Nichol

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