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This sartorial biography charts the Queen's move from wasp-waisted princess to stately national icon.
The wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth II, as befits any monarch, is one of exquisite and sumptuous occasion frocks, dignified hats and coats for state visits and national walkabouts and practical clothes for off-duty pursuits. At every appearance, her public watch her closely and her outfits always come in for scrutiny and comment. The Queen remains the most high-profile monarch in the world, enjoying enduring and wide-ranging popularity.
Published to coincide with her Platinum Jubilee year, this remarkable book takes a fond look back at the days when Her Majesty led the way in terms of fashion, showcasing the best of the world‘s designers. From the Coronation to the present day the Queen’s clothes have attracted comment: in the 1950s her wardrobe was characterized by romantic and glamorous dresses with fashionable, nipped-in waists and full skirts designed by Norman Hartnell. A more simply tailored silhouette took over in the 1960s when the couturier Hardy Amies contributed to her wardrobe, while in the 1970s she embraced a rather more floaty and relaxed style as promoted by the couturier Ian Thomas to match the feel of the decade. With maturity she has acquired a surefooted sense of what suits her best and how to maintain dignity on the world stage. As she approaches her Platinum Jubilee, she still commands our attention and remains immaculately turned out.
This sartorial biography is a must-buy both for the vintage clothes enthusiast and dedicated followers of Her Majesty the Queen. Her fabulous wardrobe tells us much about the times she has lived in, as well as a glimpse into the complexities of dressing for the world stage.
About the Author
Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 35 years. Working for the fashion business press, she regularly covered the international collections and interviewed designers from Gaultier to Galliano. She is the co-author of Fabulous Frocks, now in its third addition, also published by Pavilion and contributed to Fashion: the whole Story, published by Thames & Hudson. She has written numerous books for the National Trust Books list, including A Cottage in the Country and Ruins and is the author of three sumptuously photographed books for Pavilion: Vintage Roses, Peonies and Tulips.