‘Fashion Rules’ from England’s royalty

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An ivory, silk crepe gown by Catherine Walker and a black, silk taffeta gown by Emanuel, both worn by Princess Diana. (Photo credit: Nick Wilkinson/newsteam.co.uk)

This summer, Kensington Palace will host ‘Fashion Rules: Dress from the collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales’, an exhibition showcasing the evolution of fashion from the fifties to the nineties reflected in the attire of the UK’s most watched women.

The rare dresses worn by HM the Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana will be on display and will give a unique glimpse at the fashion history of the royals and the evolution of style spanning forty years.

The exhibition opens July 4th 2013 and takes the viewer back in time to the fifties with the Queen wearing the styles of the decade while incorporating fashions of the countries she visited.

The post war era allowed the emergence of extravagant clothing which is evident in the fifties and can be seen through the dresses worn by the Queen. The exhibition showcases a Norman Hartnell strapless, peach gown reflective of the decade with its sweetheart neckline. A pale gray Hardy Amies gown worn on a visit to Canada by the Queen in 1959, which accentuates a narrow waist with a full skirt, will also be on display.

Princess Margaret’s style is more reminiscent of the carefree sixties and seventies with mini dresses and relaxed ensembles. A Carl Toms, ivory kaftan worn on holiday in Mustique in the 1970s will also be featured at the exhibition.

The eighties and nineties belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as she ascended the ranks to become a British style icon. Shoulder pads, bold hues and big hair, synonymous with this time period, were embraced by the Princess of Wales. The exhibition will showcase a deep blue Jacques Azugary dress worn in Italy in 1985 and a pink, sequined gown worn in 1991 to a banquet in Brazil.

Cassie Davies-Strodder, curator of the exhibition, said in a press release, “This exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to get up close to these wonderful dresses and be transported to the times in which they were worn. Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales all have a special connection with Kensington Palace, making it the perfect location to celebrate these modern royal women in their fashion heyday”.

The exhibition will also include photography, film and music to give viewers the sense of stepping back in time as they enjoy the exquisite designs on display.

To view more of the looks featured at the Kensington Palace exhibition visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/WhatsOn/FashionRules

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