When one is in a global spotlight, clothing choices and decisions have nearly as much importance as the words you say. Take a look back at one individual who displays the best of bost worlds, combining power and style in the best way possible. When asked about Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Hardy Amies (the Queen’s official dressmaker until he died at 93) quotes, “I do not dress the queen. We supply her with clothes – there is a difference.” Sir Hardy was responsible for the Queen’s coats, tailored jackets, and Elizabethan collars.
When the Queen went on her first Commonwealth tour in 1953, she took more than 100 custom tailored outfits, all created by Amies and Norman Hartnell, her second loyal couturier. The Queen’s legendary 23″ waist saw an array of ball gowns such as her famous “magpie” dress.
1942 – King George VI and family
July 1947 – Princess Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace during the announcement of her engagement to Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh)
Left – 1947 Princess Elizabeth wedding, Right – 1953 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Queen’s Coronation
Left – 1952 Queen Elizabeth II by Dorothy Wilding, William Hustler and Georgina Hustle, Right- Queen Elizabeth II by Baron
Left -1953 Queen Elizabeth, Right – 1954 Queen Elizabeth II trip to Australia