Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
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Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

The brilliance of garments created for three leading modern Royal females – The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales – is showcased by Fashion Rules, a small but delightful exhibition at Kensington Palace. I can recommend it to anyone interested in British couture and majestic style.

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Thanks to the generosity of chief sponsor Estée Lauder Companies, Historic Royal Palaces staged a very jolly launch party, which was blessed with lovely summer evening weather. I said hello to Elizabeth Emanuel, who with her former husband David (who was also at the event), created Diana’s wedding dress for the big day on 29 July 1981. Liz now has a new couture company called Art of Being.

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The theatre was represented by, among others, Jeremy “Mr Selfridge” Piven and Minnie Driver, who floated about in an enchanting Missoni dress.

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Among the chums I met up with were bespoke tailor Kathryn Sargent and the husband-and-wife team of Philip Start and Brix Smith-Start, who run the fab Start London stores in Shoreditch…

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…eminent fashion commentator Colin McDowell and Rosie West, wife of former First Sea Lord, Admiral Alan West…

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…and Amanda Scott, who is head of buying for women’s accessories and beauty at John Lewis.

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It was a well-dressed event, as you’d expect. I particularly liked the Toile de Jouy dresses worn by a ukelele-playing trio that entertained us as we glugged the champers and scoffed the canapés.

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On our departure, images of the three Royal subjects were projected onto the side of Kensington Palace.

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Fashion Rules runs until summer 2015 and admission is included in the entrance ticket to Kensington Palace.

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