It’s no secret that London is globally recognised as a leader in the fashion stakes. Famous style icons include the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy. Not to mention numerous British designers who have put London on the map for creating cutting edge fashion, throughout the ages.
But, there are three Royal women whose incredible sense of style inspired a generation in their fashion choices. Between the 1950’s and 1980’s, HM the Queen, Princess Margaret and of course Diana, Princess of Wales are undoubtedly key fashion figures who, at their prime were admired worldwide and continue to do so today.
Forever in the press being scrutinised for their choices, our Royals had a challenge to dress within their diplomatic Royal boundaries, whilst enjoying a fashion-forward approach. It was once quoted that;
‘As a rule, ladies of the Royal Family wear light coloured clothes because such colours are more discernible against a great crowd.’ Norman Hartnell.
However, as trends developed from the grace and elegance of the 50’s to pop fashion of the 60’s and 70’s to the glitz and glamour of the 80’s, the leading fashion magazine Vogue stated;
‘Less is no longer enough. Now it’s glamour; glamour; glamour; glamour.’ Bruce Oldfield in Vogue, August 1981. And; ‘ In the 1980’s there have been no livelier indicators, no more vigorous influences on British fashion than the young Royals and our multifarious pop groups.’ Rock and Royalty’, Sarah Mower, Vogue, August 1987.
A new exhibit called ‘Fashion Rules’ puts their wardrobes on display and what better place to showcase them than Kensington Palace, which has been home to members of the Royal Family since 1689. Located just a stone’s throw from The Milestone Hotel, you can stroll through Kensington Gardens to the Palace and feast your eyes on stunning examples of the Royal dresses that will leave you feeling both nostalgic and inspired. Set in five rooms, over 20 couture gowns are on show, supported by video footage showing the settings in which they were worn.
Plus, interactive iPads are available, where you are able to illustrate your own dresses based on each era’s shapes and colours, which is sure to entertain children and adults alike. The exhibition opened on July the 4th and if you are staying in London, we highly recommend putting Kensington Palace on your to-do list.
Here is a taste of what you can expect to find: