- Emma Atkinson
- BBC news
She is one of the most photographed women in history and in the last 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has been able to embody the meaning of the phrase “dress like a queen”.
The Queen of Britain may not be a trendsetter, or a bold style guru, but she is certainly an innovator.
She became a popular style, known for her glamorous dresses and coats with similar hats, her square signature bag and her famous pearl necklace with a brooch. It may seem simple, but the Queen’s dress style achieves a difficult equation.
It is a style that has gained further development and perfection over seven decades, with the help of the close relationships I have developed with trusted stylists and tailors.
“Royal fashion is fun, powerful and meaningful, and her (Queen) image is a big part of her heritage,” says Elizabeth Holmes, a royal fashion writer and commentator.
blinding and complex
Historian Michael Beck says the Queen has always had a very clear idea of what she wants to look like.
“It’s said she knows nothing about fashion, but that’s just not true. She’s very smart about what works for her.”
When Princess Elizabeth was in her twenties, she began collaborating with stylist Norman Hartnell, a relationship passed down to her by her then-mother, the Queen. Her clothes were influenced by French fashion. Dresses with flared skirts and tight waists, with white fur scarves and diamond crowns.
As she took on her new role as queen, Hartnell helped her choose her outfit as she went through formal banquets and royal tours by designing a range of dresses in tulle and satin, adorned with pearls, crystals and intricate beads.
Hartnell also created two of the most important dresses the Queen has ever worn – her wedding dress and the dress she wore to her coronation. Hartnell described the selection and design process for the two dresses as a collaborative collaboration between them.
“Hartnell created about eight different designs for her wedding dress and then the Queen chose elements from all of them to combine in a dress she decided on,” says Beck.
Choosing the Queen to collaborate with the same people for her dress was not only a matter of trust but also a necessity. Hartnell, for example, had the largest haute couture house in London, as well as the largest embroidery workshop, and for a busy person like the Queen, who needs hundreds of new clothes every year, this would said Hartnell had the ability to design and do what she needed.
However, because of the full scale of her needs, the Queen also asked stylist Hardy Eames to work with her, and he began designing the clothing line she needed for her 1951 tour of Canada.
Eames helped the queen look fresher and simpler, with carefully tailored day dresses and sleeker, softer evening dresses. Ian Thomas then took over her dress design during the 1970s and 1980s, creating glowing or floral chiffon dresses and knotted ribbons.
For the past 24 years, her clothes have been designed and worked on in the palace by a small team of about 10 people, led by Angela Kelly, who is in charge of the Queen’s wardrobe.
Every piece the queen wears is custom-made for her, and before the epidemic broke out, she attended more than 300 events a year, and Beck says, “It’s a huge amount of work. The queen can’t wear something another woman wears. “The public expects it to be something different.”
“Hartnell and Eames’ designs gave her more individuality, while Angela Kelly was very smart and managed to preserve the uniqueness of the Queen’s style and give it shine.”
Hat, bag and shoes
When the Queen appears at a public event, every aspect of her appearance is carefully and meticulously planned.
Check the fabrics to see how they bend or wrinkle, or what can happen to them if the wind blows. Bright colors are chosen according to the season and occasion, to make an immediate impact and stand out from the crowd. The hat gives the queen a little more height and highlights her face.
The Queen also wears carefully selected shoes with wide heels, handmade specifically for her, and Kelly tries them on first to make sure they are comfortable and there is always someone holding her a transparent umbrella with colored edges matching her dress and a ready position, not to allow British weather, which is difficult to predict its changes, to interfere Nothing spoils.
Elizabeth Holmes says that wearing this dress gives the queen the maximum possible comfort during events that last a long time and helps to emphasize her presence and role.
“The queen’s job is to have a calm and consistent presence. Her dress combines knowing what to expect from her with the ability to surprise and delight at the same time.”
She emphasizes that “even in informal times there is a kind of uniform, with scarves he puts on his head and long rain boots. This maintains continuity and shows that it is in fact and at all times not out. on duty or off duty ”.
Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Queen’s appearance is almost unchanged throughout her reign: her famous hairstyle, almost unchanged since she ascended the throne in 1953.
What changed is the hair color with her age and then she chose to keep the natural grays in her hair, which turned gray but the two distinctive curls on the bangs as well as the clear curls at the end of the hair. from the back, which is an ideal hairstyle to hold a crown or a hat.
This traditional hairstyle requires the use of hair curls and then sitting under the big dryer, and was the favorite hairstyle of many fashion women in Britain during the years after World War II, but as the hairstyles have changed, the queen has remained faithful. in the traditional hair model since then.
“Her hairstyle is quite traditional for a woman of her age, but it also has a special and strong look, and the curls give the hair a soft and smooth look,” says Richard Ward, famous and royal stylist. “I think her hairstyles embody what we really value in her: sobriety, practicality and elegance.”
Another very popular element of the Queen’s look and style is the famous “Launer” bag, which has a handle on the top.
And unlike the classic handbags of other stylists like Hermès Birkin or Chanel 2.55 handbags, which are popular for women in their 20s to 70s, laureate handbags are not fashionable or desirable for most women. new, she says. Charlotte Rogers, luxury accessory expert.
But these bags still have a huge market in other countries, especially in the Middle East. The Queen’s election is a stamp of special value to the brand and can change everything. “The fact that the Queen still uses drop-off bags is very important,” Rogers says. “The fact that it reigns is the main influencer.”
Car wash bags range in price from 1500 1,500 to 2000 2,000, and the Queen is said to have a collection of over 200 bags in a variety of colors and models.
The queen, on her platinum jubilee, seems to be more influential in fashion than ever before, which is not easy for a woman in her 90s, Rogers says.
“Her style is appropriate for her age, a style very similar to what my grandmother wore on special occasions, and I think it works for older ladies,” she says. It is selling fast.
The queen dresses are not just about style choices, but also as her statement, touching and loaded with meaning. Whether she is wearing a fancy dress or a tweed skirt, every outfit says something about her and her role as ambassador and symbol.
“Her outfits are a means of communication for her,” says Matthew Storey, a trustee at the Royal Historic Palace.
The queen “must be prepared, trustworthy and traditional”. She should look close and soothing, and her clothes should also be “worthy of the kingdom,” Holmes says.
“It’s part of the crowning wonder,” Holmes adds. “For the queen, her clothes are custom, you can not buy them, you can look at them and admire them.”
There is also a diplomatic role, and sometimes the subtle nuances of a place or event appear in the emblems or colors worn by the Queen.
For example, as Matthew Storey puts it, “the light pink dress the queen wore to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was chosen because it was not among the colors on any of the national flags of the participating countries. It was a prominent color and in it at the same time he did not show any prejudice (for a country) ”.
The queen can represent many different meanings to people. As Jitinder Sedev, a famous brand writer and expert, puts it, the Queen is “like a work of art that you interpret in your own way.”
“Do we really know who she is? I’m not sure. But what we do know is what she means to us and the things she represents. Her strength, her courage, her originality and she remains of particular interest as well. to young people. people. ”
It is also clearly inspiring for royal youngsters like Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge, but the Queen is not second and foremost, he says.
Holmes believes there is a great deal of emotional admiration for the queen’s appearance, and that she has her own unique style and people will remember her forever, adding: “No one dresses in her style or like her, it’s her job. and it is something that has meaning and depth.
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