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Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace, Travel Thursday

If you don’t know, Kensington Palace is my favourite place on earth. It’s the home of one of my favourite periods in English royal history (the Georgian period), it’s a beautiful place to visit, it’s the home of my style icons (the Duchess of Cambridge), and they have some fantastic exhibitions. A new exhibition has just opened up, Diana: Her Fashion Story, which focuses on the style exhibition of Diana, Princess of Wales. While I was visiting Kensington in the summer of 2013, there was an exhibition on the fashion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Today’s post is about my favourite pieces from Fashion Rules, the exhibition!

This coat is gorgeous, and is clearly still in wonderful condition. I’ve really got to say, I love the longer length of dresses and coats in the 1950s and 1960s. I am quite short and tend to stay away from longer pieces because I feel like they make me look smaller and younger than I am, but I might rethink that if more people were wearing pieces like this! coat1
The detailing on these dresses are absolutely astounding, and even more so in person. Although M wasn’t particularly interested in looking at decades of royal fashion, he let me take as much time as I wanted- I spent more time than I should have looking at the embroidery work here. I love that the thicker and weightier fabrics used allowed for it!
I feel like anyone who is vaguely interested in the British Royal Family recognises Princess Margaret’s turban. While this is definitely out of my personal style, I think that outfits that make a statement like this need to make a comeback. No plunging necklace, no open back, no bizarre not-fabric, just a luxurious and gorgeous ensemble that stuns from head to toe!
I just adore this blush pink gown, and I could actually see myself wearing it! (I could probably actually fit this, I’m a similar size to Her Majesty…)
I know this isn’t the most famous dress of Diana’s, but it has to be my favourite! To me, it emphasises her height in a wonderful way. Although it is a monochrome piece, the beading and fabrics creature texture and dimension missing from a lot of the gowns we see nowadays! Red is my favourite colour, so that might be a bias, but this is timeless and elegant and I would love to see this remade.
Once again, Princess Margaret is out there in a fantastic way! I always stick with traditional and classic pieces but seeing Princess Margaret’s wardrobe in person reminds me that sometimes experimenting is worth it.
I don’t know why but I love these sleeves! I’m not loving the bell sleeve trend happening but I could get on board with this look….
I don’t even know what to say about this- is there a more gorgeous dress out there?? THIS is why she is the Queen and we are not. The delicate and understated beading and embroidery, the peak-a-boo skirt, the elegant necline, it all combines for a gorgeous gown that has not been matched since!
What has been your favourite “surprise” on a trip? Any hidden gems?
Until tomorrow,
The Historian!
If you are interested in more posts about Kensington Palace, check out:
So we had tea at a palace… Kensington Palace
An Historian About Kensington Palace
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