Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing

BY Maddison Glendinning / Jul 25 2016 / 16:03 PM

And it's pretty spectacular

Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing
Queen Elizabeth's Stunning Couture Collection Is Now Available For Public Viewing

As the world's longest reigning monarch, it's not surprising that Queen Elizabeth has amassed quite a collection of couture gowns from her years as ruler. And now, those gowns are on display to the public in a new exhibition called 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe' at Buckingham Palace (naturally). 
 
The couture presentation is the second in a three-part exhibition celebrating the Queen's long-running style and is the largest exhibition to be displayed - sprawling three royal palaces from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. The Queen has long been a devoted couture client, and her sense of style has been internationally lauded over the years. This exhibition pays respect to her dedicated couturier Norman Hartnell, who designed both her wedding gown and her coronation dress. The exhibition marks the first time these pieces have ever been on display to the public. 
 
One particularly interesting piece is the mantel she had custom-made in 1952, not by a famous couturier, but a student from London's Royal College of Art after she approached them for ideas. Alongside the couture pieces sit Queen Elizabeth's military ensembles, as well as her vast collection of hats and scarves. 
 
The exhibition will take place until October 2nd, and is being held to coincide with Her Majesty's 90th birthday year. 
 
We've got your first look as to what's on display in our gallery above.
 
For more information on tickets and timing, click here.