Look familiar?

I have been watching The Crown, and thought I would see if I could find some of the real garments worn by HM in the early 1950s when I came across this image of her wearing a black dress that reminded ┬áme of the dress Diana wore back in c. 1980, before she married Charles. She was photographed getting out of a taxi in the dress showing cleavage – for which she was criticized for not anticipating the paparazzi’s intent. Interesting that her mother-in-law wore very nearly the same dress – but in a formal portrait…

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About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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6 Responses to Look familiar?

  1. Hari says:

    WOW. Well spotted and they both look beautiful! I wonder if she was paying homage to her future mother-in-law?

    • Jonathan says:

      I wondered that too, but I think it may have just been a coincidence – that portrait is not one of HM’s better known ones.

  2. Several interesting notes about this – I believe this was HM’s first formal portrait as Queen, after the death of her father, hence why she looks sad and pensive. Also, it was pretty revolutionary for a monarch to go strapless, although I think perhaps part of it was to emphasise how young she was to be taking on the responsibility.

    I think the main objection to Diana’s Emanuel dress was that it was quite badly fitted and kept slipping. (I seem to remember that might have been because she kept losing weight and they had to make a second one at short notice…)

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