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‘Crown to Couture’

  • Things to do, Exhibitions
  • Kensington Palace, Kensington
  1. Crown to Couture exhibition 2023 oufit by Thom Browne worn by Lizzo
    Photograph: Couture dress and coat by Thom Browne worn by Lizzo to Met Gala 2022
  2. Crown to Couture exhibition 2023 Spitalfields Mantua dress
    Photograph: Crown to Couture exhibition 2023 Spitalfields Mantua dress

Time Out says

Royal W8 pile Kensington Palace has been closed all winter while careful preparations have been underway for its latest blockbuster exhibition. ‘Crown to Couture’ is billed as an immersive journey through the dresses and clothes of the Georgian era and an exploration of how these 200-year-old garments have inspired iconic red-carpet looks today.

Everyone from Charles II to Lizzo and Lady Gaga are featured through the 200 objects on show. Historic items include the Rockingham Mantua, a bombastic court dress from Historic Royal Palaces’ Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, the Silver Tissue Gown worn at Charles II’s court, Lady Gaga’s luminous green MTV Awards dress and Lizzo’s Thom Browne dress from the 2022 Met Gala. The opulent palace rooms have been transformed into a catwalk by Alexander McQueen’s production designer Joseph Bennett, so you can expect something royally special.


Kensington Palace
The Broadwalk
Kensington Gardens
W8 4PX
Tube: High St Kensington/Notting Hill Gate
Included with palace admission
Opening hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am to 6pm

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