One of the most famous women in the world, the Queen is well used to the closest scrutiny and analysis. She has evolved, publicly, from a wasp-waisted, glamorous princess to a stately and elegant elder stateswoman and her distinctive style has served her well.
From the earliest years of her reign she realised that
her clothes were both symbolic and diplomatic. A simple choice of colour could signify a recognition of nationalist sensibilities; an emblematic brooch, or intricate embroidered design, could indicate respect for a host nation.
The Queen accepts that she is not just a woman, she is a figurehead, and her appearance is, therefore, truly iconic.
The book's examination of the Queen's status as Style Icon includes:
The Queen's Key Designers: Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Ian
Thomas, Stewart Parvin, Angela Kelly
The Queen's Key Hatmakers: Simone Mirman, Freddie Fox, Phillip Somerville
Scarves, Gloves and Handbags: from Hermes to Launer
Daywear, Evening Wear, Jewellery