Fashioning a Reign opens at Buckingham Palace State Rooms

The largest exhibition of Her Majesty The Queen’s wardrobe, Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style, opens at Buckingham Palace on July 23

In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday three special exhibitions, Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, is being staged across each of Her Majesty’s official residences during 2016.

On July 23 the second leg of the exhibition opens at the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace before moving to Windsor Castle in September 2016.

The group of outfits charts Her Majesty’s life and reign from childhood to the present day, and represent family, official and ceremonial occasions, and significant events in the Queen’s life and the nation’s history through an unprecedented collection of clothes, jewellery and accessories designed for these occasions, from childhood to the present day.

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A Sketch of the Coronation dress, 1953, Norman Hartnell Credit: Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

At Buckingham Palace, the setting for many memorable State and family occasions during the Queen’s life and reign, the exhibition will present the fashions of ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. It will show the unique requirements of royal couture, from ceremonial and military attire to ensembles worn at family celebrations, such as weddings and christenings. Early childhood, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s wedding, the Coronation, and wardrobes created for royal tours and state visits will all be represented.

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Norman Hartnell, evening dress for The Queen’s State Visit to Thailand, February 1972 Credit: Royal Collection Trust /© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The Queen’s support of British couture and millinery will be highlighted throughout the three exhibitions, which will feature important pieces created for a world stage by renowned designers, including Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.

Each exhibition is part of a visit to the palace and included in the general admission ticket. Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk

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Written by Nicola Rayner // 19th July 2016

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