The Queen of Fashion: Secrets of a royal style icon

This year’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will see her fashion choices take center stage.

And while the special occasion might see some nods to the platinum theme, the style will be the familiar one that developed during its record-breaking reign.

Her instantly recognizable wardrobe of bright solid colors and matching hats ensures she stands out from the crowd, making her more visible to supporters during royal engagements.

The monarch’s neatly curled hair, immaculate black or white gloves, black patent Anello & Davide loafers and her trusty black Launer bags remained key parts of her look, echoing the stability associated with her long reign.

The queen also uses her robes as diplomatic tools.

Colors, patterns and jewels with special symbolism are used to honor the guests he is greeting or the countries he visits during his travels abroad.

Trips to Canada featured red and white suits in homage to the Canadian flag, along with its diamond maple leaf brooch, while his first high-profile and diplomatically sensitive visit to Ireland saw the monarch choose green, the color national republic.

Angela Kelly, the Queen’s senior dresser and personal advisor, revealed the behind-the-scenes tricks used for the monarch’s clothing.

Sew in extra layers of lining to cushion the impact of beads and crystals on the queen’s back when events call for glamorous attire.

Tiny weights are also fed into day hems in windy weather, and fabrics that wrinkle or could potentially develop messy loose threads are avoided.

Ms. Kelly, who has feet the same size as the queen, puts on the monarch’s new handmade shoes beforehand to make sure they are comfortable on first use.

School visits see extra flourishes added to entertain young people.

“When Her Majesty visits a school or a children’s center, she is always dressed in a bright and cheerful color and her hat has the kind of details that will appeal to the youngest: feathers, swirls, twists, flowers and ribbons”, the lady Kelly revealed in her book about her working relationship with the Queen – The Other Side of the Coin.

In nursing or residential homes, the queen wears strong colors to aid the visually impaired and in walkabouts the crown and brim of her hat will be considered.

The thrifty queen re-wears and adjusts her clothes, with an average life span of a dress reaching 25 years.

Color coordination is key, even down to its umbrellas.

The monarch has transparent “Birdcage” umbrellas made by the Fulton group to match any outfit in case of rain, with the hem and handle matching the exact shade she wears.

The queen regularly wore fur, but since 2019 only faux fur has been used.

Over the years, the queen’s style has progressively evolved.

The beginning of her reign saw the classic couture creations of Sir Norman Hartnell’s silk and tulle evening gowns and Sir Hardy Amies’ high-waisted gowns.

In the 1960s there were sheath dresses and hats covered with petals, and in the 1970s trendy geometric prints and occasionally turbans for the day and flowing chiffon by Ian Thomas for the evening, while in the 1980s there were blouses with a bow cat.

Couturier Stewart Parvin became a favorite and began making dresses for the Queen in 2000.

Ms. Kelly is now the queen’s go-to designer for day and evening dresses and often uses Swarovski crystals to add glamor to grand royal occasions.

Off duty, the queen likes to dress for country life in a blouse and A-line skirt with a green waxed or quilted coat or raincoat, her rubber boots and her familiar silk scarf knotted under her chin.

The nods to its important celebrations are often woven into key pieces for anniversaries and jubilees.

The gold dress she wore for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee palace pop concert was influenced by the golden figure of the Queen Victoria Memorial, around which the stage was built.

The national Platinum Jubilee celebrations set for June provide the perfect opportunity for the nation’s longest-serving monarch to debut platinum-influenced jewelry or jewelry, channeling the historic occasion through her fashion.

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