Fashion inspired by Jubilee

The British fashion industry is embracing the Diamond Jubilee with a range of specially themed items.

Recently, top designer Vivienne Westwood revealed her collection of Jubilee-inspired dresses to mark the Queen’s 60- year reign and there are a number of other fashion retailers launching similar initiatives.

Topshop, whose flagship store is on London’s Oxford Street, has unveiled a range of bags featuring corgis, meanwhile the Italian fashion of director of Vogue Japan Anna Dello Russo claims her ultimate fashion icon is the Queen.

Another Oxford Street favourite, Selfridges, is celebrating the Jubilee with a special display showcasing British fashion from around the time the Queen was appointed to the throne.

Fashion historian Judith Clark, curator of the exhibition, told the Guardian:  “These are very glamorous silhouettes, coloured in the English rose pink that was associated with the princess.

“These are all looks the Queen would have worn, and given that we are in a recession it seems appropriate to be looking at making clothes from patterns and this very British, DIY approach to fashion.”

Buckingham Palace is also celebrating the Queen’s style with a display of the royal family’s personal jewellery. The major exhibition will feature the ‘South Africa’ diamond necklace that was given to Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday as well as a crown worn by Queen Victoria for her jubilee portrait in 1897.

The exhibition will open on June 30th until October 7th and is an ideal attraction for those staying in The Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel during the summer. Entry to the palace costs £18 per adult and £10.25 for those aged under 16 and it is located close to Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner underground stations.

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