Court mantua of white silk brocade, made in Spitalfields and possibly worn by Mary Flaxman, 1750-53.

Crown to Couture

Kensington Palace, London
5 April - 29 October 2023

Kensington Palace has been completely transformed into a catwalk through the ages.

Strut your stuff around this iconic London palace where the glittering world of the Georgian court meets the cutting-edge one-of-a-kind fashion of today. Over 200 outfits will be on display, ranging from historic dress to contemporary red-carpet looks.

The exhibition leads you on an immersive journey through Kensington Palace, revealing a vast collection of dazzling outfits. Contemporary highlights include singer/songwriter Lady Gaga’s glamorous green Christopher John Rogers gown and accompanying mask from the 2020 VMAs, actress and screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ethereal Monique Lhuillier gown worn at the Emmy’s in 2019 and Singer Lizzo’s glitzy black and gold Thom Browne gown and cape worn at the 2022 Met Gala, an annual hub of trailblazing couture fashion. Another showstopper look from the Met Gala includes a shimmering gold catsuit worn by Pose star Billy Porter in 2019 – designed by The Blondes and entitled Sun God, the outfit is a theatrical creation complete with wings and inspired by Ancient Egypt.

Contemporary masterpieces will sit alongside historic dress from the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection, including the ‘Rockingham Mantua’ – an 18th-century gown comprising a fitted bodice, narrow train and spectacular wide petticoat – demonstrating how the past has informed the present in the creative world of couture fashion.

To avoid disappointment please book tickets online ahead of your visit.

Why you should go

  • See sparkling royal dress and cutting-edge red carpet creations

  • Explore the transformed State Apartments at Kensington Palace

  • Immerse yourself in the glittering world of couture fashion through the ages

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