Victory in Europe (V.E.) Day, 8 May 1945: The Nazis Surrender. War is over, and Europe is celebrating. Two excited young ladies plead with their parents to celebrate on the streets of London with the rest of the city. Their father finally agrees: “Let them go, this might be the only chance she gets.”
Seventy years later, to mark the release of ‘A Royal Night Out’, today’s Friday Finds recreates the costumes similar to those worn by Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret as seen in the ‘A Royal Night Out’ preview.
WAR IS OVER.
The outfits worn by the Windsor family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony are emulated in the movie as the young princesses beg their parents to be allowed out into the streets to celebrate. Did you know that the now queen trained and served as a driver and a mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service?
The structured suits of the 1940s were feminine yet practical. Princess Elizabeth’s service uniform is pristine and crisp, while Princess Margaret’s pink day dress and her blue skirt suit with her V is for Victory brooch (this outfit is there briefly in the preview, I promise!) are representative of the style and colours worn by women in the 1940s.
A Royal Night Out: Does the tiara rather give the game away, Ma’am?
Every girl needs the perfect frock for celebrating, and when you’re a British princess I imagine your wardrobe selection is a little more grand than your regular British woman. Just be sure to leave the tiara at home, okay?
These gorgeous gowns are indeed fit for a princess. Despite England and the rest of the world being on fabric rations, among other things, pretty gowns were needed for celebrating. The ‘A Royal Night Out’ preview shows both Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in luxurious pink brocade gowns, one with gold brocade and the other with shades of pink.
Dress one, an Emma Domb crepe dress, is adorned with gorgeous draping to the bodice and sleeves, and a gold and silver sequinned net illusion neckline. The flowing skirt is cinched at the waist with a matching belt.
Dress two features a gorgeous blue embroidered bodice and skirt, and has cute little capped sleeves that came to fashion as a result of the fabric rations. The net skirt overlays the gorgeous tea-length skirt (which is possibly rayon but I am not at all an authority on fabric so am also quite possibly wrong) and dazzles with scattered rhinestones on the embroidery.
In the mood
When I first saw the preview for ‘A Royal Night Out’ on my television screen over the weekend, the love was instant. What more could a girl ask for? Wartime fashion, parties, and a royal family. Absolute perfection. I’ve watched the preview more times that I’d like to admit, but that’s only because I adore everything in the preview. Hopefully the film lives up to my expectations.
A Royal Night Out, released 14 May 2015, is now showing at a cinema near you.