Vogue editor Hamish Bowles looks back on Queen Elizabeth’s life in looks


“All of this, in a way, is considered a uniform”, vogues Editor Hamish Bowles said while examining nine decades of Queen Elizabeth outfits. There are the Liberty London print dresses and rigid coats she wore in the 1930s alongside her sister, Princess Margaret. The Norman Hartnell dress she donned for her wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947. The reserved blue evening dress, worn as a contrast to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Created by various designers, each ensemble is visually different. Yet they all achieve the same aesthetic effect of a dignified and majestic monarch, no matter when in life or when in history. (As Bowles notes, even London’s seismic 60s couldn’t usher in a style shift for the Queen.)

For the latest Life in Looks video, Bowles uses her encyclopedic knowledge of fashion (as well as her innate background as a Brit) to examine a dozen of the monarch’s looks and reflect on their meaning. Did you know, for example, that the aforementioned wedding dress was inspired by a painting by Botticelli, or that a hat she wore to visit Sydney in 2005 matched the curvature of the city’s iconic opera house?

Ahead of her platinum jubilee, revisit the Queen’s life in terms of looks and get inspired by yourself: “If there’s one thing we can learn from the Queen,” Bowles muses, “it’s is to find a style early on, and stick to it.

Director: Posy Dixon
Director of photography: Henry Lockyer
Editor: Daniel Poler
Senior Producer, Vogue: Jordin Rocchi
Producer, on set: Liv Proctor
Associate Director, Creative Development, Vogue: Alexandra Gurvitch
1st AC: Florence Skinner
Conductor: Leo Olesker
Audio: Rowena Colman
Decorator: Maddy Crowe
SAYS: Nick Hughes
Groomer: Dan Delgado
Production manager: Edith Pauccar
Production Coordinator: Kit Fogarty
Senior Director, Production Management: Jessica Schier
Post-production coordinator: Andrea Farr
Post-production supervisor: Marco Glinbizzi
Content Director, Vogue: Rahel Gebreyes
Vice President, Programming and Digital Video Development, Vogue: Joe Pickard


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