Royal and the love for Haute Couture
When it comes to high-end fashion, there is no better model than the image of the Royal members. Throughout its long life and development, the monarchy around the world has accumulated large collections of art. Especially, the treasure high-end fashion designs in their luxury wardrobe.
Royal members always have a huge love for high fashion. Photo: orderofsplendor
As a Royal member, Princess Diana also owned luxurious and gorgeous outfits. Photo: Getty Images
From the early days of high fashion, this luxury garment was inherently associated with the Royal family. In 1868, the well-known British designer Charles Frederick Worth, who designed formal attire for Empress Eugénie of France, founded the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion (La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode). This federation is the governing body of the fashion industry in France, which has set strict criteria that require designers to meet to be recognized as a premium brand.
Empress Eugénie de Montijo owned the costumes created by the very Charles Frederick Worth. Photo: Getty Images
High fashion brands usually have a traditional fashion line for each customer they serve, each line forms a group of loyal customers who will always support their vision. For example, Qatar's Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser is a keen Chanel collector, while Jordan's Queen Rania supports Givenchy. Dutch Queen Máxima favors Valentino and Princess Ameerah al-Taweel likes the designs of Ralph & Russo.
Former Qatar Queen Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser in Valentino costume. Photo: emirateswoman
Some Royal members have even become the muse of high fashion designers. Like Princess Lee Radziwill, who has inspired countless collections, including collections of Giambattista Valli. The 85-year-old fashion icon Lee Radziwill has regularly attended the brand's shows.
Haute Couture designers need to not only know how to make their customers look good, but also understand their personality and foster a close relationship with them, especially the Royal members. Princess Margaret, a follower of Christian Dior, talked about the design she set for her 21st birthday from the brand as her favorite dress.
Princess Margaret standing beside designer Christian Dior, wearing one of his designs. Photo: Getty Images
Princess Margaret also hosted two shows for Dior at the Blenheim Palace in the 1950s, after which she invited Toro Princess Elizabeth Bagaya to a special stage for a charity fashion show. The Ugandan nobles also had a very successful career as models by attending high-end fashion shows for international publications during the 1960s and 1970s.
Haute Couture costumes are works of art, and just like everything in a famous painting, they will not be complete without the artists. They need a person with enough credibility to bring them to life and a tailor with enough delicacy to create them.
Queen Rania of Jordan in Givenchy's outfit. Photo: Antony Jones / Getty Images
Thai Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana in a design by Dior. Photo: Jacopo Raule / GC Images
By: Olivia Mendoza