One of the Queen’s “first successes” reportedly showcased how much she was embracing her own “confident femininity” and inspired others to do the same.
- Her Majesty has developed her signature colorful looks over the years and her approach to fashion is said to have carried a “subversive message”.
- It’s claimed that the Queen showed generations that they could go beyond “blending in” with their fashion choices.
- This royal news comes as a huge tribute to the Queen on Stonehenge is seriously dividing opinion.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations are almost here and whilst many people will be eagerly anticipating the appearance of Her Majesty and other members of the extended Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony, what she’ll wear will likely be on other fans’ minds. Throughout her 70 years on the throne, Her Majesty has demonstrated an iconic flair for bold dressing. And if you know your facts about the Queen well, you’ll perhaps already know how she reportedly loves bright colors so that she can stand out in crowds.
Now it’s been suggested that her unique fashion sense was one of the Queen's "first successes" and displayed a powerful message of “confident femininity”.
Opening up to Harper’s Bazaar (opens in new tab), author and historian Amanda Foreman expressed her belief that Her Majesty’s unique sense of style as one of the earliest major triumphs of her 70 year reign.
“Indeed, establishing her own sense of fashion was one of the first successes of Elizabeth II’s reign,” she explained before describing how multi-functional the Queen’s outfits are.
She continued, “Its essence was pure glamor, but the designs were performing a double duty: nothing could be too patterned, too hot, too shiny and too sheer, or else it wouldn’t photograph well.”
And it seems when it comes to the Queen’s wardrobe, the monarch opted early on in her reign to perfect her own approach to feminine dressing despite the expectations placed upon fellow icons at the time.
“Her wardrobe carried the subversive message that dresses should be made to work for the wearer, not the other way around,” Amanda shared. “In an era where female celebrity was becoming increasingly tied to ‘sexiness’, the Queen offered a different kind of confident femininity.”
Known for her love of vibrant hues, color-blocking is definitely one of the secrets of Her Majesty’s style. It’s a style tip that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have both borrowed from the Queen over the years and the historian and author remarked upon how the monarch’s choice of vibrant colors showed others that they could stand out elegantly too.
Amanda disclosed, “Never afraid to wear bright blocks of color, she has encouraged generations of women to think beyond merely blending in.”
We’re displaying seven breath-taking gowns that have graced just some of Her Majesty The Queen’s 24 figures created at Madame Tussauds during her 70-year reign. The collection will be on display from 27th May for two weeks as part of our Jubilee celebrations. pic.twitter.com/TupZHb0vAbMay 20, 2022
Whilst the establishment of her bold personal style might’ve been one of the Queen’s “first successes”, her outfits have continued to inspire and delight fans. Now many of the most iconic of the Queen’s fashion moments are set to be honored with an intriguing new display.
Delving into their archives, Madame Tussauds is giving visitors a unique look at seven stunning gowns worn by the Queen’s many waxwork figures over the years as the Jubilee weekend approaches.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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