Birthday suits may be the only thing on the minds of all the Brits and Royal-watchers in the world right now, but if you are more into fashion than babies, London still has something Royal to offer you.
Historic Kensington Palace is hosting an exhibition entitled “Fashion Rules.” The show features highlights from the wardrobes of HM Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales during their respective early reigns spanning the 1950s-80s.
In displaying the gowns worn by these three women in their younger years, the show also covers four decades of changing fashion as interpreted by the Monarchy. The rules of Royal dressing are storied and quite serious. While preening as a princess in 1950s debutante wear makes complete sense, how does a respectable princess weather the 1960s? And with so many people to please, and so much tradition to maintain, how does a young woman stay on trend and in tact at the same time in the 1970s?
It helped that the top designers in England were friends of The Palace. The show features designs by British fashion royalty–Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies among them, as well as an international group of fashion designers who helped balance a myriad of expectations with a measure of style. See the exhibition to judge how successful they were at walking the line between fashion and formality. If you think you can do better, or just want to create your own fashion looks, the organizers of “Fashion Rules” have teamed up with New York-based interactive media designers FiftyThree to create a special version of their App Paper just for the exhibition. It allows visitors to use their mobile devices as sketchpads and then upload their resulting fashion illustrations to a Tumblr full of original drawings by others. Consider it a mini exhibition by the people, for the people.
“Fashion Rules” runs through 2015 at Kensington Palace.