To say that I have been obsessed with London would be a modest statement. I have always felt that there was something drawing me across the pond. As my design aesthetic is heavily influenced by the European 15th Century's Elizabethan Era, a trip to the United Kingdom was inevitably impending. As my birthday approached I saw it as a prime opportunity for exploration. Prior to my arrival I did my due diligence in seeking activities. At the top of my list was the Kensington Palace exhibit "Fashion Rules: Restyled". An in-depth look at how HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales navigated the fashion ‘rules’ defined by their royal duties in unique style.
Following my itinerary, I headed to Kensington on the second day of my trip. I hired a bike and rode a very short path up to the palace. The outside of Kensington was a bit unassuming although upon entry to the exhibit I was blown away. The display opened up with a jaw dropping gown, "The Flowers of the Fields of France", by Norman Hartnell. This gown was worn by Queen Elizabeth II in 1957 on the first day of the Royal Tour of France. This amongst 17 other dresses told the story of Royal dress and its fluid progression. "The Fashion Rules: Restyled" exhibit left me inspired and in awe so much that I made a second visit during my stay a priority. The exhibit runs until January 3rd, 2017. Below are some of my favorite dresses from the collection.