Heads were not the only thing they slayed. The royals have always used clothes to communicate. A detailed breakdown of their messages and Easter eggs isn’t hard to decipher. But for the influencers and the influenced it’s mostly about the historical sophistication and grandeur woven in majestic fashion. We love being extra. In a world of mass production, vintage clothes and accessories offer temporal originality and the thrill of fashion hunting. If given a chance to blind the judging eyes, would we wear a crystal tiara to the grocery store? why, of course. Garments of the bygone eras or a bright power suit of the latest, tend to fuel our fantasy and propel romanticism. We took the shining armour from the knight and brought it to the Met Gala because it’s cool and worthwhile.
It is true the splendour of regal gowns, heavy wigs, heirloom jewellery, the shape of crinoline, and grand collars lend us momentary escapism but like it or not, monarchy still has a shadow on our cultural DNA. Monarchs were after all trendsetters. Julius Caesar first wore those wrist-length sleeves with fringes. Cleopatra’s melon coiffure was a hit among upper-class women. How can we forget Louis XIV who set the trend of “red bottoms” that Cardi B sings about! Elizabeth I owned the 1500s fashion. The Bacton Altar cloth in Elizabethan fashion history research is still prominent. And not to forget the luxe fabrics, sleek evening gowns, white wedding dresses, and black funeral outfits popular since the Victorian times. Powered by Netflix and sponsored by popular opinion royal fashion always passes the vibe check. Reading history and art is not enough when we can wear them.