The Favourite costume display

See costumes from The Favourite, the critically-acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on display at Kensington Palace.

See costumes from The Favourite, the critically-acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on display at Kensington Palace.

When

  • 14 December 2018 to 08 February 2019

Ticketing information

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View costumes created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and other cast members of The Favourite, and learn more about the history behind the film, in the Queen's Gallery at Kensington Palace this winter.

The Favourite explores the relationships and power struggles of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two of her closest female attendants: Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Hill (Emma Stone). Many of the historical events that inspired the film took place at Kensington Palace.

The stunning new display coincides with the film's UK release on 01 January 2019 and explores the creative process behind the costumes, Queen Anne's legacy as a stateswoman and her relationships with Sarah and Abigail.

The costumes have been created by three-time Oscar winning costume designer Sandy Powell with wigs by Hair and Make-Up Designer Nadia Stacey.

 

I knew it was going to be period yet slightly off the wall and there was an element of stylization involved—all the things I love.

Sandy Powell, three-time Oscar winning costume designer

Scene from The Favourite showing Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill in a black ball gown in a panelled room.
Still from the feature film The Favourite
Still from the feature film The Favourite
The East Front after Kensington Palace renovations, looking north-west, 22 March 2012.

Part of the Kensington Palace project, ‘Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone’ an undertaking over two years (2010-12) of major refurbishments (renovation) at Kensington, including new gardens.

Queen Anne at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was one of Queen Anne’s primary residences, and it was here that she died on 01 August 1714 with no heir, marking the end of the Stuart dynasty.

Anne had a close personal, and possibly physically intimate, relationship with her forthright childhood friend Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

Their friendship became strained when Sarah’s cousin, Abigail, joined the Royal Household. The cousins had different political views, and both used Anne to further their personal goals by competing for her favour.

It was in the Queen's Closet at Kensington Palace that Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill’s final argument played out. Sarah was subsequently banished from court, never to return.

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