Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — One of Queen Elizabeth II’s many legacies is how clothes mobilize nations.
Documented by armies of photographers throughout her 70-year reign, the British Queen has demonstrated an innate and fine-tuned understanding of the visual brand.
Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, has already discovered the value and positive impact of fashion and the image industry: on a mission to restore public confidence after his brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson, he invited British fashion. designer Norman Hartnell to see his Buckingham Palace collection.art to draw inspiration from it.
While Simpson wore the latest fashions, the king commissioned him to design costumes for his wife and two daughters that emphasized the traditions of the Victorian era – and thus its stability.
After her father’s death in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne brought with it the immediate need to once again reassure her people.
Her glamorous and charismatic royal look will be enhanced with charisma and power to reassure politicians, international heads of state and subjects during her long reign.
Notes from the Royal Collection Trust reveal that Hartnell offered nine different designs for the coronation dress, and the young queen chose the eighth look, embellished with zigzag layers of embroidery surrounded by pearls, diamonds and gold beads.
In a masterful stroke of political savvy, and with the world press focused on it, Elizabeth curated the greatest red carpet moment of all time.
She is said to have described her dress, which stunned her subjects and their families, as “brilliant”.
So the power of clothes is that this queen quickly learned to dodge the novelty of fashion, promptly exchanging short-lived trends for loud slogans with a conscious message at every appearance.
Thus, Elizabeth never missed an opportunity to deliver a message of solidity, stability and strength to her audience.
Looking at archival photos from her reign, we see a slight spread of fashion trends through the decades, such as emphasizing the waist in the 1950s; The shorter skirts, the sleeveless dresses and the 1960s Bellbox hats; And turbans and cool prints in the seventies.
Later in life Elizabeth established herself as preferring a long coat to a dress with a matching hat in bold colors like purple, orange, red and fuchsia.
This meant that she would be easily seen by a crowd due to her small stature, and so she rarely wore the color brown.
In his memoirs, Hardy Eames, another royal couturier, summed up the timeless quality necessary for royal appearance when he wrote: “Elegance is more satisfying than fashionable fashion, for elegance respects the past. On the other hand, modern fashion is unforgiving and living life. totally for now.”
Style also requires a lot of management, and working with Angela Kelly, her trusted personal assistant and wardrobe keeper, Elizabeth has created a statement of career success with her look.
The fabrics were tested to be light and wrinkle resistant and weighted at the hem of the dress to prevent the wind from causing a scandal.
The use of hidden prints to prevent the appearance of marks, and there were removable underarm pads to hide traces of sweat.
For overseas travel, clothing is designed to subtly complement the customs and culture of the host country.
The Queen occasionally changed her white gloves several times a day while pairing hooded hats with her favorite Rayne or Anello & Davide mid-heels.
The queen completes her look with a modest leather bag from the brand “Launer”.
Speaking to The Times in 2012, Stuart Parvin, who has styled the Queen since 2000, revealed that the looks were sorted by name, categorized by where they were worn and who they met while wearing them.
“That’s why people will think she only looks once, because there’s such a system,” Parvin said. “And if she’s going to meet President Obama, she won’t be wearing the same dress.”
However, some looks will also be frivolous.
At the Royal Variety Performance in November 1999, for example, Elizabeth wore an embroidered, multicolored look with a bold yellow skirt that wowed the paparazzi.
She then rocked a lime green look as she watched the flag parade from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for her 90th birthday.
Keeping a low profile, Elizabeth preferred neutral colors as a jockey and racehorse owner.
She often wore a distinctive silk scarf.
While at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for family holidays and state occasions, the Queen proudly wore the tartan, the woolen fabric of stripes of various widths and colours, designed by her great-grandfather, Prince Albert.
And the knowledge that denim was not a fabric that the Queen enjoyed indicates that she was a woman who had apparently never taken a day off from continuous nonverbal conversation with her subjects: one for those who needed reassurance, a statement to those who sought her authority and a statement to all who wished to communicate on a human level.With the woman who wore the crown.
This can be considered an iconic achievement in public appearances, and this queen made an effort to pass it on to the younger members of her clan.