Platinum Jubilee: Style

With a life led in the public eye and in front of the camera the Queen's personal style has been scrutinised for seventy years. Our collections reflect the changing styles of British fashion from the early 1950s to the present day.

Best Foot Forward!
Our shoe collections includes men's and women's fashionable footwear from every decade of the Queen's reign. From casual to formal, stilettos to platforms, brogues to brothel-creepers, evening shoes to trainers the fashionable foot is well-represented here.
Included in this photograph are women's shoes by Rayne (who hold a warrant to supply shoes to the Queen), Next and LK Bennett. Men's Union Jack crepe sole shoe by George Cox 1977, men's 1960s black leather winkle picker, men's canvas pump, Next 2010. Pin on Pinterest

British Designers
Mary Quant 'Ginger Group' Dress with original retail swing ticket c1965-69
Protocol means that the Queen normally wears clothes from British designers and makers, making her style a great promotion for UK fashion. Although she has always favoured more conservative designs, befitting her role the period of her reign has seen some of the greatest collections produced by the most iconic British designers, many of who are represented in our collections. Pin on Pinterest

The Queen's Personal Style
For official occasions during the 1950s and 1960s the Queen almost exclusively wore clothes designed for her by Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) and Sir Hardy Amies (1909-2003). Hartnell designed her 1947 wedding dress and the gown for her Coronation in 1953. Hardy Amies was appointed as one of three of Her Majesty's official dressmakers - a warrant that he held until 1990.
The collections hold examples of many British designers from the 1950s and 60s. This image shows a grey silk day dress by Hardy Amies c1956 and a pink lace evening dress with floral beadwork by Norman Hartnell c 1963 Pin on Pinterest

Fashion For Everyone!
It isn't just the style of clothes that have changed during the last seventy years, the high street and how we shop for clothes has been transformed. New materials, global production methods, more sophisticated retail methods, online shopping, customer demand, affluence and aspirations have all contributed to a fashion retail revolution. One of the success stories of the last forty years is Next the high street retailer that brought stylish clothes to a mass market when it opened its first shops in 1982.
With its headquarters at Enderby in Leicestershire the company has, during its history brought us Next for Men, Next Interiors, Nest Accessories, Next to Nothing and The Next Directory and was one of the first large high street retailers to embrace online shopping.
Woman's suit of flecked charcoal wool with leather trim, Autumn/Winter 1984
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Street Style
Alongside British designers British street style is famous across the world. Usually associated with music trends and based in clubs and on the streets the last seventy years have seen distinctive fashion styles evolve in the form of Teddy Boys, Rockers, Mods, Punks, New Romantics, Skinheads, Hip-Hop, Skaters, Surfers, Eco-Warriors and Rappers to name a few.
Bridging the gap between street style and fashion icon is this cheesecloth 'bondage' shirt designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren (1976-77). With its printed pattern and lyrics from the Sex Pistol's 'Anarchy in the UK' that were designed to offend, the shirt was part of the wave of Punk that happened at around the same time as the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Since her beginnings as a designer with a message of rebellion and destruction Vivienne Westwood has become a 'National Treasure' and was created a Dame in the 2006 New Years Honours list. She continues to promote discussion on a wide range of political and environmental issues often through her fashion collections. Pin on Pinterest

What's Inside The Handbag?... A question which is often asked about the Queen's signature black patent handbag by Launer - a British company who have made handbags for the Royal family since the 1940s.
According to Phil Dampier, author of 'What’s in the Queen’s handbag: And Other Royal Secrets' she carries “treats for her much-loved corgis; sometimes a crossword cut from a newspaper in case she has time to kill; a penknife, a diary and a small camera”.
Other speculations are that her bag contains reading glasses, a lipstick, fountain pen, mirror and mints.
Like most of the bags in the collection this one contains no secrets anymore...but what do you think its owner might have carried during the 'swinging sixties' ?
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