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Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Under grey skies, more than one million people gathered for the Thames River Pageant of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Huddled under a sea of umbrellas, some had even spent the night there to secure prime seats. But the wait proved worthwhile. As the parade passed, there atop the splendid Spirit of Chartwell stood the Queen, resplendent against the wind and rain in a smart crys ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Royal Collection Trust
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I absolutely loved this book! It may seem easy to imagine what goes into dressing the Queen, especially for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration which happened in 2012. I guarantee that you really cannot imagine the scope of what it took - what it still takes every day - to dress HRH the Queen.

Keeping in mind that there hadn't been a Diamond Jubilee since 1897 for Queen Victoria, and add the fact that in 2012 London was also hosting the Olympics, and you can see that the pressure was definitely more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anyone interested in royalty and/or fashion will enjoy this. It's a gorgeous book, as you would expect from an official Royal Collection publication, full of close-ups of fabric, details, and jewelry. And the photos at the end of The Queen in "model pose" are a guaranteed smile. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly an Anglophile and a genuine admirer of Her Majesty, I had to have this coffee table book. The photography alone is worth the price but I thoroughly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at the people, the materials and the process. A worthy addition for a collector of HRH memorabilia.
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, 60 years on the throne, only the second English monarch to do so, Queen Victoria being the first. Even in an ordinary year she attends many events, but this year was special so more were planned, and her wardrobe had to be special too. Angela Kelly serves as the queen's personal assistant, advisor and curator of the personal jewel collection. She also designs most of the queen's wardrobe, including hats, but always with input from the qu ...more
Leslie Goddard
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this beautiful book after finishing her later book The Other Side of the Coin and was disappointed at how much repetition there is between the two books. This book has many more photographs — often stunning photographs of the luxurious fabrics and the careful workmanship. But it has the drawback of focusing on JUST the diamond jubilee year, which makes it less useful for a reader wanting a broader overview. Of the two, I’d probably recommend this one because it’s difficult to talk about f ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is more than half photos. That's why I was able to read it in one sitting. There is plenty of text that I found fascinating. I love the behind the scenes information about the design, manufacture, organization, and maintenance of Queen Elizabeth's wardrobe for her Jubilee events. Even the method of choosing and presenting jewelry is covered. If you like clothing and like to find out how things are done, you will enjoy this book very much. ...more
Cathleen Ross
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really beautifully put together book by Angela Kelly. The pictures also bring it to life and it was lovely to see the exquisite fabrics the Queen wears for functions.
I really enjoyed it and I hope Kelly does another.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Very interesting... wonder how long the dresses are kept and where they go after they're no longer useful for the queen. ...more
Ashley C
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures and fascinating info about what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to what The Queen wears. Wish this book had been longer!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book about the Queen’s her dresses, etc are made, the accessories to go with outfits and the jewellery that is paired with her interesting.
Elizabeth Blair
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
a really interesting book about what does on in designing the queen's wardrobe. lots of interesting pictures, and really fun, quaint stories at the end of the book ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I only looked at the photos, after listening to “The other side of the coin”.
So much wealth in the world, yet so many are in poverty... don’t get me started Jeff Bezos - whoa, that took a turn.
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I'd probably give this 3.5 stars if I could. It's a beautiful book, but since I'd already read The Other Side of the Coin, which is a lot more interesting, this one couldn't really compare. ...more
Very similar to the other Angela Kelly book but still a good read.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I gave this book four stars because it is the first book I have come across that deals with dressing the Queen. It was a very interesting read.

Ms. Kelly provided a view of what takes place on the Dresser's Floor in Buckingham Palace, where everything that goes into the make up of the Queen's wardrobe for every occasion takes places: the color, type and choice of fabric to the designing for each and every event and occasion.

It was also interesting to see drawings of many of pieces designed by M
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I admire Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth,a great deal and am also a fan of textiles and textile art so my interest in this book was quite natural. It is clear that her dressers love what they do and take great pride in their work from the craftsmanship and detail displayed in the photos of the Jubilee Wardrobe. I can attest that the hours and amount of handwork that went into making some of the more formal attire in this wardrobe would have been phenomenal. A lovely book.
Amie Bjorklund
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a treat for someone totally enamoured with the British monarchy! Bright, gorgeous pictures showing the outfits The Queen wore during her Jubilee year, 2012. I even remembered a fair amount of them from the events I watched while over there. It's told first person by her Personal Designer and Dresser and the book is filled with all sorts of interesting facts and details. I recommend this to anyone who loves fashion, the British Royal Family or just looking at a piece of history. ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I love that this designer uses the jewelry that the Queen picks to wear for an occasion as the basis for the type of fabric she chooses to make the dress. And it always matches the swirls and patterns. The fabric must showcase the Q's complexion and not offend anyone with whom she meets. So many little things to make an outfit!!! ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book not only had fantastic pictures, it had really interesting information regarding construction of the Queen's dresses, and how the seamstresses and designers decide what type of dress/outfit needs to be designed for each appearance. Fascinating and beautiful! ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adore reading about the "everyday life" of the Queen and it is especially interesting to find out some of the intimate details and skills necessary to dress Her Majesty. Love all the glossy photos and the peek into her dressmakers world! ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I thought this was incredibly interesting from several standpoints. Absolutely worth the read if you are interested in dressmaking/millinery/costume design, the logistics of the Queen's wardrobe, gorgeous jewelry with pictures that does it justice, etc. ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Personal asst., adviser & curator to Queen Elizabeth II, tells the story of the creation of Her Majesty's Jubilee wardrobe. ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting - would have liked more detail
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
The text could have used an editor-it is a tad twee. However, the photography is marvelous. An annotated list of events/outfits would have been a nice addition.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful photographs, wonderful insight into the Queen's wardrobe and dressmakers. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Interesting pictures. Not much of a book, though.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
If you, like me, are the sort of person who would want to read about how the Queen's wardrobe is designed/administrated/assembled, then this book is for you! Everyone else move along please. ...more
Jane Dugger
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely, lovely, lovely.

I want to be a dresser!
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A cute if superficial look at what goes into making the Queen's couture wardrobe. ...more
Ella Kay
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry
Read my review at The Court Jeweller: ...more
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