Fit For A Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit S Creations By Balmain
Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit s Creations by Balmain
- A tribute to a unique collaboration which led to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand being voted one of the world s most beautiful and best dressed women
- This beautiful book by well-known textile historian and conservateur Melissa Leventon contains photographs of all the outfits designed by Pierre Balmain
In 1960, Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand embarked on a historic, six-month-long state visit to 15 Western nations. Her Majesty, the first queen of Thailand to visit the West since the 1930s, anticipated that her wardrobe would receive close scrutiny from the Western press and public during the tour. Wishing to ensure that she was always appropriately dressed, and that her appearance met European and Americans sartorial expectations for royalty, Her Majesty turned to Paris, specifically to top couturier Pierre Balmain, for a regal wardrobe of daywear, cocktail and evening dress, outerwear, and
accessories that would see her through every possible occasion in all seasons. Thus began a significant two-decade-long collaboration between Queen and couturier. Balmain's designs for the Queen were simple yet sophisticated. Many were made of Thai silk, which gave Her...