Dressing the Queen

The Jubilee Wardrobe

Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly

Distributed for Royal Collection Trust

144 pages | 250 color plates | 11 3/4 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781905686742 Published January 2013 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Under grey skies, more than one million people gathered for the Thames River Pageant of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Huddled under a sea of umbrellas, some had even spent the night there to secure prime seats. But the wait proved worthwhile. As the parade passed, there atop the splendid Spirit of Chartwell stood the Queen, resplendent against the wind and rain in a smart crystal encrusted white coat and pashmina shawl. The effect was one of breathtaking beauty, and it struck just the right note with the rain-dampened crowd, reinforcing Britain as a noble maritime nation.

Dressing the Queen reveals the careful planning and preparation that went into the Queen’s wardrobe for the Diamond Jubilee, the first such celebration since that of Queen Victoria in 1897 and made all the more momentous by London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics. The secret to the Queen’s unfailing style is royal couturier Angela Kelly, whose team of dressmakers and milliners spent two years designing and bringing to fruition the creations seen in the events leading up to and during the Diamond Jubilee, as well as at the Olympics. In addition to presenting the right image, the Queen’s clothing must address a great many practical concerns—and all of her garments must be pristinely maintained. Of course, no outfit is complete without the perfect hat, and a chapter of the book is devoted entirely to their intricate and highly detailed creation.

Whether the day holds a historic state visit or an afternoon at Royal Ascot, the Queen commands attention wherever she appears. If you’ve ever wondered how she maintains such impeccable personal style, this well-illustrated book will answer that question and many more.
Daily Mirror

“Top secret dresses for meetings with James Bond, no hats after 6 pm and jackets embroidered by indigenous north Americans are just some of the Queen's wardrobe wonders revealed in a new book. Written by Angela Kelly, the Queen's personal assistant, adviser and curator, Dressing the Queen opens the door to the dressers' floor at Buckingham Palace and gives a first-hand account of working on the Queen's outfits in her Diamond Jubilee year.”

Daily Mail

“Fascinating insight on the intricate planning that goes into clothing one of the world’s most famous women.”

Contents
The Dressers' Floor
A fascination with fabric
The enchantment of the seasons
Fabric comes first
Appropriate for the occasion
Creating the designs
Sensitivity to detail
From fabric to couture
Standing out and fitting in
Glitter and glamour
What a difference a hat makes!
Accessories with style
Taking care of The Queen's wardrobe
Going on tour
Jewellery for state and style
The 2012 Diamond Jubilee
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