With news that the public exhibition of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has raised £10 million for the Royal Family, we felt it appropriate to share this article from the BBC, taking a look at The Queen’s influence on fashion. Not least for the excellent images!
She is one of the most photographed women in the world, but how much of a sartorial influence has the Queen had?
The Queen might be visiting a hospital one day, or welcoming a world leader the next – and her clothes are her uniform.
But just how much has she influenced ordinary women’s dress?
“To design a dress for the Queen means you are creating something for the world’s most famous woman, who’s seen by more people on a daily basis than anyone else. She also has an image in people’s minds that you have to fulfil,” says Stewart Parvin, who’s been designing for the Queen since 2000.
He has to work around the rules – the Queen always wears a two-inch heel, hemlines must be well below the knee, and she always carries a handbag.