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Queen Elizabeth II the fashion icon

Queen Elizabeth II the fashion icon: From glamorous princess to her signature block brights as she celebrates 91st birthday

Her Majesty, with the particular help of designers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, has cleverly used her wardrobe to convey a regal image – here’s how her style has evolved

Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne and became the Queen of England and ruler of much of the free world in June 1953. She remains the UK’s longest serving monarch, celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Throughout her reign the Queen has cleverly used her wardrobe to convey an image of stately world leader, famously aided by couturiers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies.

Interestingly in those early years, such was her popularity, what she wore each day was anticipated as much as the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfits are today.

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip

Norman Hartnell was the designer commissioned to create her coronation and wedding gowns and subsequently many of the elaborate dresses that she wore to glamorous state occasions.

Hardy Amies primarily took care of Her Majesty’s formal daytime wardrobe.Over the years the Queen has become famous for wearing head to toe block brights with matching hats. Thanks to her love of pearls, pristine white gloves, Launer handbags and headscarves, her style has become iconic.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2014 in King's Lynn, England.

The ultimate tribute to the Queen’s style came, when Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana based an entire collection around her signature look for their Fall 2013 catwalk presentation.

Her wedding gown

Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London. She wore an ivory silk dress designed by Norman Hartnell, assisted by one head seamstress and her three young assistants.

The gown was inspired by Botticelli’s painting of Primavera and was embroidered with 10,000 white seed pearls, silver thread, sparkling crystals and transparent appliqué tulle embroidery. A 13-foot train was attached at the shoulders and a silk tulle veil covered the Princess’ face. The satin bridal shoes were created by Edward Rayne.

The fairy tale gown was made all the more impressive by the fact that it was made while the country was still suffering from the financial aftermath of World War II and even the princess had to adhere to ration regulations.In a moving display of patriotism, dozens of engaged girls from around the country sent in their wedding dress coupons from their own ration books. While it was later revealed that the government did contribute financially to the cost of the gown, it was a heart-warming story that reflected the mood of the nation.

Source: mirror

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