LONDON — Summer weather has finally arrived in London, where a new exhibition of dresses worn by The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales, opened on Thursday night.
Sponsored by Estée Lauder Companies, “Fashion Rules” gathers 21 dresses emblematic of recent decades. For The Queen, that means full skirts and intricate embellishment in dresses by Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies from the Fifties and Sixties. The group of Princess Margaret’s looks demonstrate her more flamboyant tastes, and the extra freedom she was afforded by not being the monarch. A room dedicated to Diana’s dresses telegraphs the in-your-face glamour of the Eighties.
Within the show is an oyster-colored gown Hartnell designed for The Queen to open the New Zealand parliament in 1963, and a gray organza Hardy Amies gown embroidered with mayflowers, the provincial flower of Nova Scotia, that she wore in the Canadian province on an official visit in 1959.
A diaphanous sari silk gown and turban by Carl Toms worn by Princess Margaret to a costume party in Mustique in 1976 stands near a gray lace Hartnell dress that she wore to Ascot in 1952. And the strapless Murray Arbeid gown in midnight blue tulle that Princess Diana wore at Claridge’s in 1986 is adjacent to a Zandra Rhodes dress in pink that was created to co-ordinate with the cherry blossoms that were in bloom during her state visit to Japan in the same year.
“Margaret, definitely,” Hayley Atwell replied when WWD asked which royal she’d most like to play in a film. “The others have really kind of been done, haven’t they? Margaret is a little more unexplored, she’s the less obvious choice. She was so glamorous and jet-set.”
Tallulah Harlech was discussing Glastonbury with Edie Campbell, who had spent the festival “glamping” — short for glamorous camping — at Windinglake Farm. “That’s just about the only way I could do it,” said Harlech. “I want to be able to actually leave the festival at the end of the day and not have to hear anyone talking at 4 a.m. I can deal with the dirt; country dirt is different to city dirt. It’s the noise and the drunk people that I wouldn’t be able to handle.”
Erdem Moralioglu was sporting a new beard, which he described as looking “a bit homeless.” Also in attendance were Jeremy Piven, Minnie Driver, Pixie Geldof, Henry Holland, Manolo Blahnik, Australian cricketer Damien Martyn, Tali Lennox, Roksanda Ilincic, Richard Nicoll, Lara Bohinc, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and David Sassoon, who officially opened the exhibition.