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Reigning in style: Queen Elizabeth II's 63 years in fashion

On Wednesday (September 9) Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria’s record to become the UK’s longest-serving monarch at 63 years and seven months.

Possibly the most-photographed woman in the world, she has her own style and always looks immaculate. In 2012, to celebrate HM’s Diamond Jubilee, Jane Eastoe, a former deputy fashion editor of what was then Drapers Record, wrote a celebration of the Queen’s fashion called Reigning In Style, published by Pavilion. Here, we run a small selection of the Queen’s memorable outfits from the book.

 

Her Majesty Hardy Amies

This Hardy Amies dress is described as a “cocktail dress in beige and gold brocade in a leaf pattern. The full circular skirt is folded into unpressed pleats. The bodice is finished with draped bow”. The hat is by Kate Day and is said to be a “draped turban in same brocade as dress, trimmed with beige velvet”.

 Another Hardy Amies gown. This one is an “evening dress in blue/gray heavy satin, entirely embroidered in a design of autumn leaves and berries in gold thread and pearls. The wide skirt is lightly boxpleated at the waist. The fitted bodice is finished wi

Another Hardy Amies gown. This one is an “evening dress in blue/gray heavy satin, entirely embroidered in a design of autumn leaves and berries in gold thread and pearls. The wide skirt is lightly boxpleated at the waist. The fitted bodice is finished with cuffs of plain satin, which also makes the stole.”

This black dress was worn in Albert Hall’s remembrance service in November 1955.

This black dress was worn at a Royal Albert Hall remembrance service in November 1955.

Another Hardy Amies evening gown, worn by the Queen in 1959.

Another Hardy Amies evening gown, worn by the Queen in 1959.

 For the state tour in Holland in 1958, Her Majesty’s footwear was decorated in Mother-of-Pearl sequins, buttons and rhinestones.

For the state tour in Holland in 1958, Her Majesty’s footwear was decorated in Mother-of-Pearl sequins, buttons and rhinestones.

Quotes and illustrations from the book Elizabeth: Reigning in Style by Jane Eastoe. Published by Pavilion. http://www.anovabooks.com/reigning-in-style/

 

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