From the style of British royalty to the work of contemporary British designers, London has long been a creative force in the fashion world. This story of British style is being told this September through a series of fashion exhibitions in London. While staying at Rubens at the Palace, discover the historic moments behind each of The Queen’s most celebrated outfits in Buckingham Palace’s exhibition, Fashioning a Reign, before diving into the excitement of London Fashion Week and its sister event, London Fashion Weekend.
Held in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday, the momentous Fashioning a Reign showcase is being hosted throughout the summer (until October 2nd) during Buckingham Palace’s Summer Opening. As the exhibition brings together dresses and accessories that The Queen has worn at various points in her life, key events in history are also examined. With 150 outfits across the three locations – including Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse – some show specific relevance to the royal residence they are displayed in.
Throughout her reign, The Queen has famously shown continuous support for some of Britain’s leading designers and milliners, including Sir Norman Hartnell, and Sir Hardy Amies, whose official title was dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II. Marking moments, such as The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, through the outfits worn by The Queen on those occasions, this exhibition is an insight into Britain’s leading designers of fashion for royalty, as well as significant events in British history.
Alongside fashion weeks in New York, Paris and Milan, London Fashion Week (from the 16th – 20th September) is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading designer showcases. As a result, the weeklong event attracts worldwide attention, making it a highlight of the fashion world’s event calendar. At various venues across the capital, the September 2016 edition of this occasion is set to encompass a packed schedule of catwalk shows, presentations and evening events, which each showcase the latest work of leading designers.
It seems appropriate that this London Fashion Weekend (from 22nd – 25th September) is to be held within the Saatchi Gallery, where cutting edge design is embraced through a diverse offering of arts exhibitions. As an extension of British Fashion council-led London Fashion Week, the weekend event gives visitors the chance to catch catwalk shows and talks by industry experts, and to shop for the clothes they’ve seen from over 150 brands on display. Just like London Fashion Week, this event reveals the most current fashion trends, bringing the consumer together with the latest designers and brands.
For a fashionable stay in the city, guests at The Rubens at the Palace can opt for the Tour London in Style package, which includes a tailor-made walking tour, as well as the experience of staying in the hotel’s sumptuous rooms and suites – the ideal accompaniment to experiencing the most outstanding fashion exhibitions in London.
Image credits: Cover photo of London Fashion Weekend © Flickr / Adrian Scottow. Queen Elizabeth II standing in the White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace © Official portrait by Cecil Beaton, 1968 Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016. Fashioning a Reign © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016. London Fashion Weekend © Flickr / Adrian Scottow.