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Fashion Rules Credit: HM The Queen, Hardy Amies, 1959 © Richard Lea-Hair

The Hot Ticket: Fashion Rules

Deciding what to wear to an event is rarely an easy task; but imagine how much harder it must be when royal protocol has to be factored in, too. Kensington Palace’s latest exhibition, Fashion Rules, takes us inside the wardrobes of three royal women to explore the balancing act that was (and still is!) dressing fashionably while complying with the royal ‘rules’.

From the nipped in waists of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s gowns in the 1950s to Princess Margaret’s penchant for diaphanous fabrics in the ‘60s and ‘70s and the shoulder pads that Diana, Princess of Wales pulled off with aplomb in the 1980s, a timeline of trends is unveiled as you walk through the exhibition.

Accompanied by film footage and photography that provides context of the eras and occasions, each of the 21 couture dresses on display is an exquisite example of the skill and ingenuity of its designer; a real treat for fashion fans to see up close.

Fashion Rules runs until summer 2015 at Kensington Palace, London.

Want to see more ‘50s fashion? Let The Hot Ticket: The 50s – Fashion In France persuade you to take a trip to Paris. If the ‘60s is more your style, why not try the Mod ‘60s trend? Shop our edit of the key pieces below.

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