Visiting Fashion Rules

Visiting Fashion Rules

Norman Hartnell evening gown worn by HM The Queen, 1963

Fashion Rules: Dress from the collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Take a nostalgic look back at recent decades of fashion in our glamorous exhibition at Kensington Palace.

A nipped-in waist in the 50s, short skirts and diaphanous fabrics in the 60s and 70s, sparkles and shoulder pads in the 80s – these were the fashion rules we all dressed by, even members of the Royal Family.

Re-live recent decades of fashion

Murray Arbeid dress, 1986Take a nostalgic look back at recent decades of dress through the wardrobes of three royal women in their fashion heydays: HM Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s. Five rooms of elegant dress displays will explore how these women reflected the style and trends of the day, negotiating the rules of dressing fashionably within the ‘rules’ of a royal wardrobe.

Featuring 21 exceptional couture dresses, the exhibition will be complemented by film and photography to set the scene and provide a feeling of the times in which these stunning gowns were worn.

Exclusive to visitors: Fashion Rules on Paper

Create beautiful illustrations with Fashion Rules on PaperWe've collaborated with New York-based 53 to create a bespoke version of the award winning iPad illustration app Paper. Available on-site when you visit.

Put the 'fashion rules' into practice. Create beautiful fashion illustrations based on each era's shapes and colours and inspired by the dresses on display – then share your creations with your friends.

Find out more and view the illustration gallery

Fashion Rules on Paper

Exhibition sponsored by

Estee Lauder Companies

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