Models, muses, designers: when fashion is aristocratic

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Let’s start with a fact: aristocrats are for fashion like corgi for Queen Elizabeth. Indispensable. Less flashy or obvious than celebs, thanks to theirs pedigree all blue blood, benefit from a prestigious historical guarantee to fully become fashion queens.

And, even if we have never been able to admire the unforgettable Lady Diana in the role of the protagonist of a sartorial advertising campaign or in a fashion show (the court label prohibits headliner of the British royal house to engage in non-philanthropic gainful activities), for “cousins ​​and relatives of” the rules are much more flexible.

Let us remember, however, that galeotta was just the catwalk for William and Kate Middleton. In 2002, just nineteen, she is still free from royal prohibitions, the Duchess of Cambridge today attended a parade charity organized at St. Andrew’s University, where future spouses studied.

Kate Middleton in 2002. Getty photo.

Active part in fashion system for decades, however, they have been the crowned of Monaco. Starting from Stephanie, always a lover of fashion (like mother Grace Kelly) so much so that in the 80s, in addition to posing as a model, she opened a clothing store specializing in jeans, at the same time launching a line of swimwear (very high-cut and today very cool) called Pool Position. His niece first followed in his footsteps Charlotte casiraghi. Carolina’s second child, who was nominated ambassador and spokesperson for Chanel in December (who has always been linked to the maison also for her friendship with Karl Lagerfeld), has a CV couture very respectable since it was previously featured in campaigns for Saint Laurent and Gucci.

Charlotte Casiraghi and Karl Lagerfeld at the Rose Ball in 2015. Photo Getty

While Beatrice Borromeo, noble family and wife of Pierre Casiraghi, lends her face to the House of Buccellati high jewelery, too Pauline Ducruet is making its way into the ready to wear. The eldest daughter of Stèphanie is, in fact, a full-fledged designer, having debuted in 2019 at the Parisian Fashion Week with her brand eco-friendly e unisex, Alter.

If he can reach Olympus couture like Diane von Furstenberg it is still early to say. What is certain is that among the royals who made it we certainly count the ex-wife of Prince Egon von Fürstenberg (himself founder of a fashion brand) of which, after the divorce, however, he kept the name. Former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in 2015 she was named the 78th most powerful woman in the fashion world by Forbes. We owe her the invention of an iconic garment, namely the wrap dress, dress in silk jersey that delicately wraps the shapes, simple, practical, without zip or buttons, with dressing gown closure. Instead, we thank Irene Galitzine, Russian princess transplanted to Rome one year old, in the 30s, for the palazzo pajamas that from the 70s rages in the wardrobes of high society (and not only).

And the British royals? Don’t panic: they are linked to brands Kitty Spencer, Lady D’s niece, close to Bulgari, e Lady Amelia Windsor, grandson of Her Majesty that supports ethical and sustainable fashion. Both are also Dolce & Gabbana muses for which they also walked the catwalk and participated in advertising campaigns.

Amelia Windsor in the Dolce & Gabbana campaign in 2017.

Finally, among the aristocrats on the catwalk, how not to mention Stella Tennant recently disappeared? Grandson of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, with his androgynous style in the 90s it conquered famous brands like Versace, Valentino and Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Jean-Paul Gautier and Burberry. At the end of the last millennium she became the muse of Karl Lagerfeld who had chosen her exclusively as the new face of Chanel for her resemblance to Coco.

We remember her in the gallery together with all the royals of yesterday and today tied in gold with the fashion universe.

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