Kensington Palace has been hitting the headlines of late with news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will move into Apartment 1A — Princess Margaret’s former digs — in two years’ time. And it became a center of attention once again this week with news that staffers will be getting something of a fashion makeover by Jaeger’s design director Stuart Stockdale.
Taking his inspiration from examples of court dress found in palace archives, Stockdale has created a smart red and black uniform.
“While the inspiration was court dress, I wanted to make these modern-day suits with great sartorial details — and the best quality possible,” the designer told WWD. “And it was a challenge: I’m used to working on seasonal collections. These, instead, have to last for the next 20 years.”
Among Stockdale’s creations are a red pea coat, a tailored jacket with gold piping, and black trousers with a red stripe. Among the fabrics used are melton wool and cotton.
The uniform will be worn by some 50 members of the front-of-house team, and will be unveiled on March 26, when the palace will open to the public for the first time, after a major 12 million pounds, or $19.2 million, renovation.