This is the outfit she wore, on her christening in 1920s, err... well, a replica of it! This is what every member of the royal family (62 to be exact) wore since Princess Victoria in 1841, incl Prince Charles, William & Harry. However now it has become too fragile and since Prince George, an exact was made and this is that replica!
This 'New Look' evening dress was made by her favourite designer Norman Hartnell in 1948. Think of it, in the 1940s, to wear an all black outfit, in a combo of velvet & satin, that's fash forward!!! It isn't easy to pull-off this outfit even today!!! The concept was by Christian Dior when he came up with outfits with narrow waist & full hips.
Her hat collection was so fabulous that she there was a special section for it. She never made a public appearance without her hat on! Here are my favourites of her collection. A mix of techniques and materials incl tafetta, satin, lace, net, felt, organza, duck feather, ostrich feather and lot more!!! These were made by various designers incl, Simone Mirman, Frederick Fox, Valerie Lee etc.
Some more of her evening gowns and outfits she wore when she went of state visits to various countries.
This was one of my favourites that she wore when she addressed the House of Representatives in Nigeria in 1956. The beaded chains of tubular sequins were all over the outfit - elaborate at neckline and tiny along the whole skirt part of the gown. This was also made by Norman Hartnell and was inspired by the tribal necklaces of Africa!
Many a times during her state visits to various countries, she tried to incorporate a significance of the country onto the outfit like the African tribal necklace in the above outfit. The Green Gown was worn when she visited Ethiopia for the banquet given by the Emperor Haile Selassie, Addis Ababa in 1965. The green represents the color of Ethiopian flag. The Blue White Gown was when she went to Canada for Centennial celebrations in 1967. The maple leaf embroidery at the waist represents the country. Ofcourse, both by Norman Hartnell.
Some more detailing from various other outfits! Being a patriotic English lady, mostly her outfits were handcrafted by the designers & artisans of England!!! Now, aren't you as mesmerized by the awesomeness of the outfits as much as I am???!!!
Along with being mesmerized, here I am also excited as once again I've been featured in Independant Fashion Bloggers weekly pick!!!
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