Queen Elizabeth II honored her royal dressmaker with the Royal Victorian Order on Tuesday. Couturier Stewart Parvin was handed the award personally by the 89-year-old queen at a ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace. The royal order is given to people who have served the queen or her family.
The queen who is known as one of the most popular fashion icons in the world with her classic sense of style paid a tribute to the designer in her own way. Elizabeth donned a creation by Parvin himself on the occasion. She wore a patterned purple day dress.
Elizabeth’s dress featured a high neck, three-fourth sleeves. The below-the-knee dress also had self-prints. She accessorized her outfit with small pearl stud earrings and a two-string pearl necklace. She wore black loafers, a gold watch and her matching glasses.
The designer grew up in Ascot, near Windsor Castle. He has designed for the queen for almost 15 years and said that she makes his work easy. “Designing for someone who looks so wonderful in clothes is very easy.
“I'm hugely humbled and very grateful and very proud to receive it,” Parvin said talking to the media after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace’s ballroom. He added that the queen’s decision to wear that bold grape-colored dress was a “mutual decision.” Elizabeth is known for her love of pastel and bold hues.
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The British wedding dress and couture wear designer who has a boutique in London was granted Royal Warrant and appointed for the queen as her dressmaker. The 48-year-old designer w as first asked to work for the palace by Angela Kelly, Elizabeth’s personal assistant and dresser. It all started in the run-up to the 2002 Golden Jubilee.
Meanwhile, he has designed a range of dresses for the British monarch that include formal wear to evening wear and day wear. During U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the U.K., Elizabeth opted for a silk crepe evening gown by Parvin at a banquet in his honor. Parvin has also designed outfits for the queen for her appearances at the annual Royal Ascot.
Besides, he also designed the wedding gown for Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011.