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Royal Style in the Making, Kensington Palace

Monday, May 24, 2021 - 11:15

Designing for royalty

Opening at Kensington Palace this summer in the newly-conserved historic Orangery, this new temporary exhibition explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.

Image credit: © Historic Royal Palaces

On display will be the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years, in addition to a rare, surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.

Image credit: © Historic Royal Palaces

The display also features never-before-seen items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, set alongside examples of the glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women. There will be some surprises for fashion fans.

Image credit: © Historic Royal Palaces

Pre-booking is essential – www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/visit 

Exhibition in partnership with Garrard and generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.