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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Monday, 20 April 2009

The Queen remodelled

Back in the day, there was an amazing magazine called Nova, the intelligent woman's guide to life, fashion, politics and the rest. I adored it when I was a teenager.

A former journalist on the magazine, Brigid Keenan, has just emailed me with this gem, apropos the piece I wrote last week about the Queen as fashion icon:

It was in the days before you could change images on the computer, so what could have been done in a few minutes now, was an incredibly expensive and complicated affair. Basically, we had to find out the Queen's measurements and exact height (we did this at Madame Tussaud's) and then find a model of those proportions. I asked Andre Courreges to design a suit for the Queen - he made a very snappy navy and white outfit, then I got Alexandre, who was the world's top hairdresser then, to design her a hairstyle, and someone else to design the makeup. The Queen-sized model was photographed in the suit, and the hair and makeup superimposed on the image and it all ended up with the Queen looking like herself but some sort of continental, soignee version! (Apparantly she herself thought we'd made her look like Queen Fara Diba!) There was an awful hiccup at one stage because Courreges had insisted on making the skirt above-the-knee length, and when the finished pictures, which seemed to show the Queen in a mini skirt, arrived from the US (where the retouching was done) the Customs siezed them and we only got them back by negotiating with the Palace. The skirt was lengthened to an appropriate length and that was it.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

hello, Linda

do you know Liz Jones at all? not meant to be sarcastic, just that she also writes a lot about clothes:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1171945/LIZ-JONES-Confessions-fashion-addict--Ive-spent-400-000-clothes.html

or does she count as a thoughless dresser ;-)

Jenny

tiffany said...

Linda, I had the pleasure of hearing you on Australia radio this morning - I enjoyed it greatly. And very much looking forward to your next book!

tiffany said...

I did mean 'AustraliaN' ...

Mae Travels said...

Maira Kalman, the N.Y. Times op-ed writer (well, they are pictorial) wrote about the way women who fought for justice were dressed. Her op-ed about women and justice is in today's paper.
http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/may-it-please-the-court/

Chixmum said...

I remember seeing this when I was a teenager. My mother was British and her sister would send her magazines and newspapers from GB. I loved them! I thought the Queen looked rather nice.

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