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London tower fashion shoot

Richard Phibbs

In the first ever fashion shoot at the Tower of London, leading British loyal designers paid homage to the Queen with looks inspired by her timeless elegance.

Edited by AVRIL MAIR

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Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen

“Red roses are feminine by nature and beautiful all the time
– a symbol of romance, passion and love. It’s also tough and
strong; there is power and dignity to this queen of flowers.’

silk taffeta dress; leather belt; leather shoes; antique silver earrings, all Alexander McQueen A/W 19

“The Queen’s fashion legacy is not being afraid of color, and for me, her most memorable outfit is a banana yellow suit with matching accessories. However, I felt the bold black tulle was perfect for a photo shoot next to the Tower of London – they’re two strong silhouettes. “

Tulle dress, Molly Goddard A/W 19

“The Queen was an early pioneer of fashion for women. This
an idea I come back to often. The wardrobe is dynamic, intentional
and reflects the time we live. This look is made with gold
metallic jacquard, which gives a dramatic and sparkling effect, but is
perfected by a classic silhouette. It’s a dress to stand out and to celebrate.”

Jacquard Dress Emilia Wickstead A/W 20

“It’s inspiring how Queen uses her platform to wear a variety of designs, while maintaining her distinctly personal sense of style. For this look, I revisited my archives and considered the eye-catching color options and majestic volumes with lots of movement in the honor of her iconic wardrobe. “

Silk organza dress Roksanda Pre-Autumn 19


Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood

“Corsets give off a protective feel – worn by Queens.”

Flock tulle dress, Vivienne Westwood Couture S/S 16

“I’m an incurable romantic, and my goal is to find and define
beauty in my opinion. It’s about mixing traditional elements
with the newer – the perfect design language for the Queen,
who always exhibits timelessness and regal elegance.”

Layered pleated dress with gloves, Bora Aksu S/S 18. Worn with gold and diamond earrings (just seen), Jessica McCormack

“I was delighted when I read His Majesty will be fur-free in 2019, because this is something very close to my heart. It was a major moment in history that emphasized the importance of ending the fur trade once and for all.”

Faux fur coat, Stella McCartney A/W 15

“The Queen has done more for the hat than anyone else, and has kept it alive in the imaginations of people the world over. It was irresistible to photograph this 17th century sailing ship hat in the Tower of London, given the epic backdrop up close. river.”

Ship Hat, Philip Treacy S/S 95. Worn with a corset silk jacket, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label S/S 12

“This is the final look of my S/S 18 collection, the inspiration
which was a 1956 meeting between jazz musician Duke
Ellington and the Queen. After this, Ellington wrote a piece
music called “The Queen’s Suite” – the romance of the movement
had a huge impact on his collection.”

duchesse satin dress; embroidered leather gloves, both Erdem S/S 18. Worn with Perspex heel brogues, Simone Rocha A/W 18

“I think the Queen has always been beautifully presented and I really love her attention to detail; she is the best representation of good British taste. This gown has a very graceful robe, but its detachable quality represents the future of modern royalty.”

Cloaked dress, Huishan Zhang S/S 22


Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, Preen

“This pink satin devoré gown was inspired by our first memories of the Queen, of her Silver Jubilee look, when she wore pink over pink. We were both very young at the time and had never seen this before. The color taste was great. brave and courageous.”

silk satin dress; scuba bralette tops, both Preen by Thornton Bregazzi S/S 22. Worn with platinum and diamond necklace (in hair), Boodles

“I’ve always admired the Queen when she wore white. This look is from my A/W 18 collection, and features tulle patched with lace and brocade, and ribbon embroidered with gold trim. . he’s visiting.”

Crystal beaded apron dress; scoop-neck patchwork dress; Perspex heel brogues, all Simone Rocha A/W 18

“I try to reflect the Queen’s sophistication in my work. I have
chose black for this shoot, which I think represents the most
London architecture. It’s all about shadows and contrast
in this majestic and decadent city.”

Moire and velvet dress with beaded turtleneck; custom headpiece teamed with Cassie Rendle, both Harris Reed A/W 22

“For this historic shoot, we wanted to honor Her Majesty in a traditional, graceful color, so I reimagined the runway A/W 22 look in a rich purple. The sequined gown formed the basis of the outfit, nestled beneath the delicate and beautifully knitted gown. wrapped around the body, distorting the sheen of the sequins to give it a truly refined aesthetic, fit for a Queen.”

Sequin and knit dress, Victoria Beckham A/W 22. Worn with a hat, Molly Goddard. earrings; ring, everyone Stephen Webster

“Queen’s fashion legacy is to make formal wear
very pleasant. This long line coat draws on the work of Hardy Amies
period, when sewing His Majesty becomes more
efficient. My favorite style moment is when she wears
Order of the Garter: detail, fabrication, and splendor beyond
fashion, and I admire the history, the theater and the splendor it brings.”

Duchesse silk jacket dress Giles Deacon A/W 16


Michael Halpern, Halpern

“As an American, I see this otherworldly Queen
number. Even though she’s quite classic in her silhouette, that’s her
lively color choices that will continue to be a reference for people
for a very long time.”

tartan coat; matching mini skirt; polka dot shirts, all Halpern S/S 17


Ian Griffiths, Max Mara

“In 1977 the Queen came to Derbyshire at her Silver Jubilee
tour, dressed from head to toe in one teal color, and this
was my first real life encounter with a true icon. Day by day,
it comes in colors you’ve never seen outside a paint factory.
Here, I have chosen primrose yellow powder, and I have
design a teddy bear coat with the year of its accession
embroidered on the back.”

Alpaca and silk coat; hat; brooch; knitted gloves; bag; shoe,
all Max Mara (custom)

“The Queen once wore a matching hat and coat
in sour green, with patent black shoes; for me, it’s bold and
subversive. So I want this Tudor mini dress in the Tower
London. It’s a royal look game – crystal, silk duchesse
satin, a little crinoline… and then a little latex.”

duchesse satin dress; velor tights; latex gloves, all Richard Quinn A/W 20.

The June issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is out now. SHOP

Hair by Paul Donovan.

Makeup by Zoe Taylor at CLM Agency.

Manicure by Michelle Humphrey at LMC Worldwide.

Assistant stylists: Crystalle Cox and Gal Klein.

Production with Raw Production.

Set design by Gillian O’Brien.

Model: Kukua Williams at Premier Model Management.

Shot on location at HM Tower of London with good clearance
from the Historic Royal Palace.

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