Queen Elizabeth: The Secrets of the Queen’s Wardrobe

Exhibition showcasing 90 years of royal fashion opens at Buckingham Palace

An exhibition opening at Buckingham Palace will bring together some 80 dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II across nine decades.

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe includes some of the most notable outfits worn by Her Majesty, including her wedding and coronation gowns, which are shown together for the first time.

The exhibition ranges from a small and dainty child’s frock worn at her father’s coronation, through decades of military service and glittering state ceremonies, right up to the vivid “Neon at 90” green coat dress worn last month for her birthday celebrations.

One gown on display is a bright yellow chiffon dress embroidered with wattle.

“This was designed by Norman Hartnell for the Queen to wear to Australia in 1974,” curator Caroline de Guitaut told the ABC.

“It’s actually the second Hartnell dress with the wattle design on it.

“The first was made for the Queen when she made her first visit as sovereign in 1954, and was much more in the crinoline style, with sprays of wattle embroidered on it and also featured over one of the shoulders.

“This was the dress that the Queen was depicted wearing in William Garvie’s famous state portrait.”

Ms de Guitaut said the dress was an example of the “soft diplomacy” of such trips.

“Part of the attention to detail that goes into the preparations of her Majesty’s tour wardrobes is considering how her clothes can pay subtle compliments to the host nation,” she said.

Other subtle compliments, including dresses embroidered with tree peonies worn in China and green maple leaves to Canada, feature throughout the exhibition.

One of the most popular dresses on display is expected to be the Angela Kelly cocktail dress worn by the Queen for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Appearing in a pre-filmed sketch alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond, the monarch’s outfit was designed in striking, strong lines so the illusion of the Queen jumping out of a helicopter would not be lost.

 “The philosophy behind the design was to have something in a colour that wouldn’t be in anyway representative of any of the countries participating,” Ms de Guitaut said.

“That’s why the colour is quite unique, that sort of peachy, corally pink.”

A second version was made in secret for stuntman Gary Connery to wear as he jumped out of a helicopter above the stadium.

When the Queen appeared inside the stadium wearing the same peachy coloured dress the crowd burst into wild cheers.

The exhibition runs from July 23 to October 2 at Buckingham Palace.

source: abc.net.au

There are quite a lot of synonymous words for “dress” in English. Let’s learn a few of them.

1. apparel clothing, especially outerwear
2. garment any article of clothing
3. robe apparel in general; dress; costume
4. frock a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman
5. vestment a garment, especially an outer garment.
6. attire clothes or apparel, especially rich or splendid garments
7. outfit a set of usually matching or harmonious garments and accessories worn together; coordinated costume; ensemble
8. garb a fashion or mode of dress, especially of a distinctive, uniform kind, wearing apparel; clothes


exhibition mostra
decade decennio
reign regno
notable rilevante, notevole, degno di nota
wedding gown abito da sposa
coronation gown abito dell’incoronazione
dainty fine, delicato
frock abito da donna
military service servizio militare
glittering scintillante
state ceremony cerimonia di stato
to embroider ricamato con
wattle fiore di acacia
sovereign sovrano
to depict raffigurare
attention to detail attenzione al dettaglio
subtle sottile
compliment omaggio
tree peony peonia
maple leaf foglia d’acero
to participate partecipare
stuntman controfigura
to burst into wild cheers scoppiare in un fragoroso applauso


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