In honour of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, I would like to share photos I took of her 1950’s to 1970’s dresses that were on display at Kensington Palace’s Fashion Rules exhibition last December. These dresses were lent by The Queen.
Since 11 February 2016, a new set of dresses worn by HM The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales, have been put on display as part of Fashion Rules: Restyled. The exhibition ends on 5th January 2017.
Update (May): In the second part of Fashion Rules, we see two new dresses of The Queen’s on display. These have been lent by Lord Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto, the children of the late Princess Margaret. The dresses belonging to The Queen have been returned to her (some of which may be on display at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Holyrood Palace as part of Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queens Wardrobe).
Update (13 June): Thanks to fellow royal tweeter @lettienets, I found out that 4 new dresses belonging to The Queen are now on display at Fashion Rules: Restyled!
Replacing Diana’s ‘Swan Lake’ dress at the front is the ‘Flowers of the Fields of France’ dress by Norman Hartnell from 1957. The Queen wore the dress on the first night of her royal tour of France to the Elysee Palace. The elaborate fleur-de-lis embroidery took three years! The dress is part of the V&A Museum’s collection.
This light orange / peach evening dress with beaded embroidery was designed by Ian Thomas in 1974 and belongs to The Queen. When The Queen first wore this dress to Rossini’s Cinderella opera in 1976, the sleeves were floor-length, which I think looked more elegant. The sleeves were later altered to the current length for a gala concert for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 1982.
Before Queen Elsa debuted her famous Frozen gown, Ian Thomas designed this silk crepe evening dress in 1979 for The Queen’s state visit to the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. She wore this dress at a banquet given by the Emir of Kuwait. The beaded embroidery on the sleeves are exquisite! This dress belongs to The Queen.
Replacing Princess Margaret’s bombshell blue dress is this ‘acid yellow’ silk organza evening dress with sequins by Ian Thomas. This dress also belongs to The Queen and was worn on a state visit to Germany in 1978.
Newly added (December 2016):