The Queen's outfits set for public exhibition of Royal fashion



2015-10-30 14:18:21

An exhibition featuring outfits worn by the Queen throughout the past 90 years will open to the public in 2016.

The Queen is believed to have worn more than 10,000 different outfits to royal engagements throughout her life, and now more than 150 of those are going on display in three residencies: the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

The Queen is renowned for her stylish and colourful outfits, and once remarked “I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am”.

Each of the venues will host an individual exhibition, focusing on different aspects of royal dress.

The Buckingham Palace exhibition will span ten decades of fashion, from the 1920s to the 2010s, ranging from ceremonial and military attire to outfits worn at family celebrations such as weddings and christenings.

The exhibition at Windsor castle will include a spectacular display of evening gowns and elegant day ensembles worn at official events, created by many of the 20th century's leading designers such as Stewart Parvin, Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies.

It will also offer an insight into the Queen's childhood years, through a collection of fancy-dress costumes worn by the young Princess Elizabeth for family pantomimes at the Castle during WWII.

A smaller exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will explore the use of traditional Scottish tartan within the Queen's wardrobe.

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe opens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the Queen's birthday, April 21, with further exhibitions opening at Buckingham Palace in August 2016 and at Windsor Castle in September 2016.

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