I’ve just read this lovely book which gives an insight into the world of the Queens Jubilee Wardrobe (in particular) and the team that dress her on a daily basis and for all state and official events.
This is a lovely coffee table book – which is beautifully illustrated. It was a pleasure to see the details in the fabrics of some of her outfits – details which unfortunately often go unseen on the television or in photographs. Whether you are a royalist or not, you cannot help but be fascinated at the planning and care that goes into Her Majesty’s wardrobe.
From a professional standpoint, I would have liked a little more detail. Although we were given hints that the designs and planning for the Jubilee wardrobe started in 2010, no real information was shared as to how long an outfit takes to produce from inception to final wearing. Nor are we given any hints at just how many outfits Her Majesty needs during a year – nor how often she may change during the day. And I’m still left wondering about her annual wardrobe budget and the average cost per outfit once you have included dress, coat, matching hat, handbag, shoes, umbrella and scarf.
I would have loved to have known, for example, how many times each outfit is worn. The team has clearly developed huge skills in knowing exactly which styles work, the fabrics that work best and the styles of hats that will enable the Queen to be seen by the crowds, when on official visits. But there must have been some outfits that for whatever reason, were less successful – what happens to them?
The information about the colours the Queen chooses for seasonal wear are fascinating, as are the ways the colours are chosen to complement and enhance the Queens appearance and help her to stand out in the crowd.
The book highlights that the secret to looking good, whatever your age, is to understand your own personal style – to take only small pointers from “fashion” and to have clothes that fit you perfectly, in a colour that suits – but most of all, that are appropriate for every occasion. This is a lesson from which we can all learn.
Angela Kelly and the team are clearly in-tune with the Queen and her wardrobe requirements. It’s a priviledge to have had this small glimpse behind the closed doors of the “Dressers Floor”.