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The Queen to celebrate coronation with a catwalk show

18 DECEMBER 2012

In a rare chance for the world to see the fashion labels that really do have a royal seal of approval, some of the Queen's favourite clothes brands will go on show on a catwalk at the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

The fashion show, which will be part of a four-day festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Monarch's coronation, will showcase the wares of royal warrant holders and quintessentially British brands including Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes and Dege & Skinne.

 

Prince Philip



Also featuring will be the Queen's firm favourite footwear Hunter wellingtons, Milborrow chimney sweeps and the bespoke Tom Smith Christmas crackers bought by Her Majesty for celebrations at Sandringham.

And sock manufacturer Corgi, whose designs are loved by the Prince of Wales, will reveal a new line commissioned by the Prince for the celebration.

A spokesperson for Hunter wellies revealed their delight about participating in the catwalk, saying: "Obviously we old two Royal warrants which we are very proud of, so it is an honour for us to be involved."

The festival takes place from July 11-14, 2013, with ticket prices ranging from £30 for a day pass to £90 for an evening gala.

Meanwhile, last month an exhibition opened that celebrated couturiers to the Queen. Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox all feature in the display at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

 



Exploring the impact that the Queen's patronage has had on British couture in the 20th century, the collection on display includes creations worn by the Queen herself.

So brides-to-be will have little further to go than our home capital of London for regal wedding day inspiration and timeless, royal elegance.

Filled with glittering tulle gowns, the exhibition acts as a major retrospective of London couture design. Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of Fashion and Textile Museum, spoke of the "creativity and craftsmanship of these designers" as "breathtaking and deserving of contemporary attention".

 

Queen Elizabeth



And you'll no doubt be stunned by the timeless quality of photos by Norman Parkinson who captured the glamour and luxury of high-society women wearing the most exceptional tailoring.

The legendary photographer for Vogue was instrumental in taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into his images. The exhibition also features images never seen before by the public eye.

The exhibition runs from November 16, 2012 – February 23, 2013

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