Whether you are into the Royal Family or merely into the clothes they wear, there is sure to be something to suit all tastes at the Fashion Rules exhibition at Kensington Palace.
Running for a whole year, this exhibit offers further information about all fashion rules that are adhered to by royalty, whether it is the nipped-in waists of the 1950s or the shoulder pads of the 1980s. You will get the chance to see rare outfits worn by Princess Diana and Margaret, and even by Queen Elizabeth II herself. The display pays a particular focus on how fashion has evolved over the decades, while photos and film footage will be on hand to offer social commentaries about the rebellious 1960s all the way to modern day.
The exhibit starts by looking at Elizabeth in the 1950s, and how her style choices changed over the years depending on what countries she would visit around the world. Highlights include a peach silk Norman Hartnell gown and post-war-look skirts. There is then a transition to the wardrobe of Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 1970s, as we approach a more liberal era, with bold colours, a Dior gown, informal wear and even a full-length kaftan of ivory silk.
You will then finish off by gaining an insight into Diana’s styles of the 1980s, whether it be the asymmetrical shapes, frills or shoulder pads. Be sure not to miss the midnight blue dress by Jacques Azagury – it has never been on display in the UK and it is truly stunning.
You may want to make a real weekend of it, so book the family into the Shaftesbury hotels and check out some of the other amazing attractions the city has to offer, such as the British Museum, the London Eye and the London Dungeons.