Her Majesty The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her 90th birthday year, the Fashion and Textile Museum is staging a lecture series exploring the significance of royal dress and fashion during the past century. Featuring talks on ground-breaking British designers including Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Ian Thomas, Edward Rayne and Frederick Fox among others, the series will highlight how the Queen followed her mother Queen Elizabeth and grandmother Queen Mary in helping promote UK design overseas. Following the Second World War, it was the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth, and her Coronation as Elizabeth II in 1953, which focused world attention on British designers and firmly established London as an international fashion centre.
The series will be launched at the Museum on Thursday 14 April with a drinks reception and talk on fashion in the decade when Princess Elizabeth became Queen.
1950s Fashion: Horrockses & The Royal Tour
Thursday 14 April / 6–8pm
Creating The Queen’s Style
Thursday 9 June / 6–8pm
Royal Millinery – The Many Hats of Queen Elizabeth
Thursday 21 July / 6–8pm
British Dress Design of the Jazz Age
Thursday 13 October / 6–8pm
Images (left): The Royal Crest.
Images (right): Evening dress by Norman Hartnell, c.1935. Silk with gold paillettes. Worn by HM Queen Mary. Museum of London 69.75/2