Royal couture fans are in for a treat!
Marking her reign with linked exhibitions across three different royal venues, the Royal Collection is rolling out more than 150 dresses for viewing.
Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style From The Queen’s Wardrobe kicks off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh – her Scottish royal residence – on the Queen’s 90th birthday on April 21 and runs until October 26. It will highlight the use of tartan in royal dress.
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The Buckingham Palace exhibit debuts in August and will feature fashions she wore as a girl in the 1920s through the modern day. Highlights include ensembles worn in early childhood, her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, the Coronation, and wardrobes created for royal tours and state visits.
The rest, including elegant evening gowns and day wear, can be seen at Windsor Castle beginning in September.
The Royal Collection said that the shows will underline the Queen’s “support of British couture and millinery … through important pieces created for a world stage by renowned designers, including Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.”
Among those featured is a pale green crinoline evening gown made of silk chiffon and lace embroidered with sequins, pearls, beads and diamante designed by Sir Norman Hartnell for her 1957 visit to the U.S. as a guest of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.