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Fashion Rules—a new exhibition at London’s Kensington Palace showcasing twenty-one gowns once worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana—provides a peek at the royals’ wardrobes. “These three women were perhaps the most high-profile dressers of their time,” offered the show’s curator, Cassie Davies-Strodder. “Whatever they wore was photographed by international press and seen worldwide. The influence they had on fashion was bar none, and from a historical perspective, we felt it was critical to highlight that.” Now open to the public, the show comes before the much-anticipated September release of Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana biopic, in which Naomi Watts stars as the People’s Princess.
Sponsored by Estée Lauder, the exhibition’s opening party was held on Thursday evening at the Palace (once home to Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, and now the Duchess of Cambridge and Wills). And while the historic home’s new renovations—including a majestic stone hall with a thoroughly modern blue light sculpture by Loop.pH, quirky wallpaper boasting illustrations of Diana by artist Julie Verhoeven, and brick walls adorned with Mario Testino-lensed portraits of Princess Di—nearly overshadowed the dresses, several stood out. Key pieces include a gold caftan and turban worn by the party-loving Princess Margaret for a fete in Mustique (above), five gowns worn by the Queen in the fifties (below), and several Bruce Oldfield looks for Princess Diana. Oldfield himself was in attendance, joined by Poppy Delevingne, Tali Lennox, Minnie Driver, and Mr. Selfridge‘s Jeremy Piven. Designers Manolo Blahnik, Erdem Moralioglu, Richard Nicoll, Henry Holland, and Marios Schwab also stopped by to survey the scene. Continue Reading “Fit for a Queen” »
London-based womenswear label Issa—the Kate Middleton favorite responsible for the Duchess’ famed sapphire engagement frock—announced today that its founder and creative director, Daniella Helayel, is stepping down. “The time has come for me to move on to focus on my art, travel, and other interests,” said Helayel in a press release. Sources say that Helayel, who launched Issa in 2004, had been unhappy in her role for some time.
Helayel will stay on to consult on the label’s Banana Republic collaboration through December 2013, but the brand reveals today that Central Saint Martins-trained designer Blue Farrier has been appointed as Issa’s new creative director. In addition to having worked under Phoebe Philo at Chloé for six years, Farrier has worked with such labels as Stella McCartney, Sandro, and Anya Hindmarch.
Photos of a college-aged Ms. Middleton may be plastered all over the Internet, but the late Princess Diana’s pre-royal life was oft kept from prying eyes. Until today, that is, as it’s been announced that an unseen image of the princess at age 18 or 19 (with the words “not to be published” scribbled across the photo) is being put up for auction by RR Auction in New Hampshire. Showing Princess Di on a bed with an unnamed boy and a bottle of Johnnie Walker on a nearby window ledge, the photo is described as a “salacious teenage image of the future princess,” which is really a bit of a stretch. But we do think it’s an alluring peek into vintage Britannia.
Keeping the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown hidden from London’s notoriously crafty paparazzi is deserving of accolades in and of itself. But today at Buckingham Palace, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton was awarded an OBE for her contributions to British fashion. The honor, which stands for Order of the British Empire, has, in the past, been bestowed upon such fashion forces as Professor Louise Wilson of Central Saint Martins (who actually taught Burton) and Stephen Jones, among others.
After Prince Charles presented Burton with her award, The Telegraph asked the designer—who is currently pregnant with twins herself—if she would be making maternity clothes for Kate Middleton. Burton reportedly laughed and said, “I hope I will be.” To be honest, though, we’re more excited to see what she’ll show for McQueen’s upcoming pre-fall collection.