Last month, I took the opportunity to check out the style of our very own Queen Elizabeth II at ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style’, held in Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms. The exhibition took visitors through a vast history of her majesty’s clothes, from her christening dress to her coronation gown. The exhibition originally opened as a way to mark the Queens 90th Birthday and been hugely popular.
Being a fan of the royals, it was a perfect opportunity to take a peek through the Queen’s wardrobe at the clothes (and most importantly the hats) that have been worn over the last 90 years by Her Royal Highness. 150 outfits illustrated fashion from 1920s to the present day and it was particularly interesting to see military and ceremonial dress from 1945, when the then Princess Elizabeth became the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Forces in a full-time active role. The exhibition showcased her simple battle dress amongst other grander military and ceremonial dress.
Other areas of the exhibition highlighted different outfits for State and Family Occasions, which then led to dressing for global tours. The Queen is the only British female monarch to wear exclusively British-designed clothes and many famous names in British couture, such as Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin have designed clothes for The Queen during her reign.
There are a number of exhibitions available to visit to celebrate the Queen’s birthday which are still on: Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe are at the Palace of Holyroodhouse until 16 October 2016 and at Windsor Castle until 8 January 2017. For further information on tickets, visit here.