Queen Elizabeth was one of Britain’s most lasting dressers and she enjoys an unrivaled place in public life as the country’s longest-reigning monarch. Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, two court dressers, designed the clothes that characterized her early years as a monarch.
The Queen started working with fashion designer Norman Hartnell when she was in her 20s; this is a relationship she inherited from the Queen Mother. French couture-inspired full-skirted dresses with cinched waists worn with white fur stoles and diamond headpieces.
Her wedding dress and the outfit she wore for her coronation are two of the most significant costumes Hartnell ever made for her. He calls the procedure a collaborative effort. “For her coronation dress Hartnell produced about eight designs and she chose elements from them all and made it her own,” says historian Michael Pick.
The Queen’s Jewelry
Queen Elizabeth doesn’t take any chances with her huge collection of crowns, tiaras, and jewelry. The Windsor collection, which has been handed down through the generations and is the very definition of precious, includes the crowns and tiaras worn by Queen Elizabeth II. However, the queen was skilled at incorporating magnificent diamonds into her regular attire.
Queen Elizabeth Rainbow Colors Coats
The monarch with the longest reign in Britain donned every color of the rainbow. A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s edgiest, brightest attire over the previous 70 years.