Life - the celebrity years
The newlywed couple, together with their glamorous retreat, represented an idealistic image of the sought-after ‘jet-set’ lifestyle. At the centre of the social whirl, the Princess’s young, wealthy and fashionable circle were named ‘The Margaret Set’.
After 18 years of marriage and the birth of two children, Princess Margaret’s and Lord Snowdon’s marriage came to an end when the couple separated in July 1978.
Rather than dwell upon the constant publicity circulating around her private life in Britain, Princess Margaret chose instead to spend her time in the relaxed setting of her home in Mustique.
Yet the Princess never forgot her formal position and enthusiastically continued with her charity work and support of the arts. She retained the responsibilities of her royal duties including that of welfare charities, music and ballet. Princess Margaret was President of the Royal Ballet, National Society and of the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She became Grand President of the St John Ambulance Brigade and Colonel-in-Chief of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.
Main image: Princess Margaret relaxing on holiday in her house in Mustique, photographed by Patrick Lichfield. (Camera Press)
Princess Margaret’s holidays on the Caribbean island created a wealth of interest in her resort wear.
The kaftan encapsulated her holiday wardrobe with its loose fitting form and elaborate embellishment. Headscarves and oversized sunglasses were often the perfect accompaniments to her effortless sense of style.
‘I’m always conscious of what’s in fashion … I do think that grooming is terribly important. To me smartness is not only to do with clothes, but with make-up, hair, bags, jewellery, even nails, they all add up to the finished effect. They’re all important.’
For 2006-7, the Autograph and Limited clothing ranges from quintessentially British retailer Marks & Spencer drew inspiration from classic tailored 1960s and 1970s styles, similar to the refined clothing designed by Hardy Amies and worn by Princess Margaret for public engagements.
The jacquard dress and brocade coat are simple in shape to offset their vibrant, decorative fabrics, while the chunky beaded necklace and structured faux lizard bag are timeless designs which constantly evoke lady-like chic.