Style Evolution: the fashion of Queen Elizabeth II
- Published:15th Jul 2016
With the Queen’s birthday coming up in June (yes, yes we know she has already had one but she gets two!!) Alice’s Pig looks back at her majesty´s vintage style fashion from the 50’s to today. Her Royal Highness' statement pieces through the ages and what shaped them.
1. The 1950's.
During her first few years of her rein the Queen was presented with every emphasis on her being a regal beauty before figuring out her personal style. High society photographers such as Dorothy Wilding photographed her portraying her as a strong and striking young woman. Especially the dress on the left is a unique statement piece!
Early in her reign, the Queen begins to become watched by the nation for her style, she is pictured in 1956 at the races in Epsom wearing a dress coat with a strong nod to the very popular ‘new look’, nipped in at the waist with a wide flared skirt. By The 1960’s the Queen’s portrayal to her public was edging towards being the relatable Queen. She was shown as a Mother and a family woman. In keeping with the new feeling of changes and equality happening around the world at this point in history the Queens outfits began also to become more daring and of their time.
2. The 1960's.
Here she favours pastel colours and cocoon silhouettes an iconic 60’s shape. She has ditched the overtly feminine hourglass shape of the 50’s for a more relaxed chic look.
3. The 1970's.
Her life in the 70’s continued with the more relaxed image she had gained in the 60’s. A picture of normality in the royal family continued to grow as did the times. Here she is pictured in a striking canary yellow polka dot dress and matching turban and on the right a very personal and candid picture on a family holiday.
4. The 1980's.
In 1981 Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married and the media’s interest in the Royal’s surged. The emphasis on the Queen shifted however to Diana who took over the Royal style icon throne. Here she is wearing a very 80’s inspired printed dress in hot pink and purple and with Princess Diana who wears a nautical blazer dress. Look at those shoulder pads!
5. The 1990's.
The 1990’s were a bad decade for Queen Elizabeth beginning in 1992 her self- proclaimed “annus horribilis”. The years began with separations followed closely by Windsor Castle going up in flames. There was much controversy surrounding her son Prince Charles and then in the late 90’s the devastating news broke of the death of Princess Diana. Despite this traumatic time the Queen had to ‘keep her chin up’ and although her strength was very much tested her colourful outfits never ceased.
5. The 2000's.
Breaking through her terrible decade and into the new Millenium. The Queen gains a granddaughter in law in the form of Kate Middleton and thus William and Kate go on to make the Queen a great grandmother. She becomes the longest reining Monach and turns 90!
So Happy Birthday Your Majesty and congratulations on being the most colourful monach.
We salute you Ma’am!
Don't forget to check back with us next week as we explore the changing fashion of Shakespeare's leading ladies.
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