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FIT FOR A QUEEN: HER MAJESTY QUEEN SIRIKIT'S CREATIONS BY BALMAIN 1960-1962. Melissa Leventon. River Books, Bangkok, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 220 pp. 28 x 22 cm. ISBN 9786167339634 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Publisher's description: In the late 1950s, King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand began planning a six-month-long tour of the United States and 14 European nations that was to last from June to November 1960. Her Majesty undoubtedly knew that her wardrobe would receive close scrutiny from the Western press and public, and wanted to ensure that her appearance met Europeans' and Americans' expectations. Her Majesty was working with Thai designers and dressmakers to create a contemporary version of Thai national dress for use on tour, but had determined that she would need a Western fashionable wardrobe as well. In the West, royal women, as well as the wives of heads of state, wore custom-made, highfashion clothes designed either in their own country or in Paris. The development and expression of their signature style was often linked to one or two specific designers, as in, for example, Queen Elizabeth II's patronage of British designers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, and the fashionable U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's use of Americans Oleg Cassini and Halston and French couturier Hubert de Givenchy.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 167857
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