The Kunstmuseum in The Hague is hosting a new exhibition called “Royals & Rebels: British Fashion.”
Following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, King Charles III’s coronation, hit shows such as The Crown and Queen Charlotte, and the deaths of designers Vivienne Westwood and Mary Quant, the interest in British fashion has been reawakened. The fascination with British fashion goes back quite a bit and inspired carriages, garden designs and clothes.
The exhibition takes the visitors through several worlds of fashion, such as “In the City” and “In the Country.” While the spotlight is on British fashion, its common thread is Vivienne Westwood.
Some of the royal items included in the exhibition are a dress and suit worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, hats worn by Queen Máxima during an official visit to the United Kingdom and the coronation of King Charles III, a reproduction of one Diana, Princess of Wales’s famous sheep sweater. There is also an outfit based on Queen Elizabeth I.
Among the other items is the famous Carrie Bradshaw wedding dress.
I will be the first to admit that I am not that into fashion personally, but I loved this exhibition. I loved how everyone seemed to be bonding over memories regarding the more recognisable pieces. The rooms are bright and spacious, and you’re still able to get up close. The royal pieces were great to see, and they drew plenty of attention. If I had to name one thing I didn’t like, it was the incorrect use of titles.
The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex are named “Kate Middleton” and “Meghan Markle”, Diana, Princess of Wales is “Princess Diana” and the Duchess of Windsor is “Wallis Simpson” and she is listed as the Duke’s companion rather than his wife. Now, I know these are often used for SEO reasons, but this is an information sign and, thus, should be correct.
Do go and see this exhibition; you can find the visitor information here. The exhibition will run until 7 January 2024.