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Date: 11/6/12 1:53 PM

An interesting article on sewing the Queen's wardrobe:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227799/A-peek-inside-ones-wardrobe-The-Queens-dresser-reveals-Her-Majs-style-secrets.html

I wonder if the Queen has a duct tape dummy, LOL.

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Date: 11/6/12 2:20 PM

Thanks for the link, it was an interesting read. I wonder what the book contains...useful tips like the weights in the hems, or if it's more of an activity log - what the Queen wore, where, why it was chosen.

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Date: 11/6/12 7:34 PM

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Date: 11/7/12 12:56 PM

Very interesting. I always like to see how very public people select their clothing and how it gets made.

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Date: 11/7/12 1:09 PM

Thank you for that! It's absolutely fascinating.

I am amazed that Her Majesty has the patience (or time) for half-day-long fitting sessions! (It did say they use a dress dummy fitted out to her measurements and "body shape.") And I think it would be fun for the designer to get to work on so many original designs for a mature woman's figure--figuring out clothing that's distinctive and flattering, appropriate for her age, her station, and the activity she's engaging in (I particularly liked the turquoise sweater coat with the smocked sleeves for the muster).

It's great that they've put out a book documenting all of this; one day it will have historical significance and give future generations of seamstresses an insight into how things were done. There's actually really fun precedence for such books, from the *first* Queen Elizabeth. Janet Arnold's classic Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd provides a survey of the records from the 16th Century Royal Wardrobes, detailing garments, fabrics, financial records, etc, and puts them into context with period portraits and sculpture. Two more recent books, The Queen's Servants and The King's Servants by Caroline Johnson focus on the wardrobe records for high-ranking gentlemen and gentlewomen of the court of Henry VIII. This new book would be a great readalike, to compare the wardrobes of the two Elizabeths!

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Date: 11/8/12 4:12 PM

I found that really interesting. Thanks for sharing the link

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