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From pastel princess to classic style queen

British Vogue has declared her one of the world's most glamorous women, the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have created an entire collection inspired by her and the British model Agyness Deyn has cited the Queen as a fashion inspiration.

With their pretty pastel colours, clothing cut away from the body and ladylike appeal, the key shows from Paris Fashion Week earlier this month also appeared to give a little curtsy to the enduring fashion influence of her majesty who, like any woman of style, understands the importance of consistency in honing a signature look.

''Anna Wintour [editor of American Vogue] has the same idea,'' the Australian fashion designer Jayson Brunsdon said. ''She has worn a floral frock with a bob and sunglasses for the past 20 years.''

Fashion is all about change but it is stasis that is key to the Queen's enduring style status.

Trends may come and go, but by remaining steadfast to sorbet colours, structured handbags, hats and gloves, her majesty's apparel choices reinforce the stability of the monarchy and the aesthetic appeal of a bygone era.

''There is a continual link with tradition,'' Brunsdon said. ''What I love is that nobody else in the world dresses like that and nobody else could get away with it. She has created a really strong self signature and she doesn't get any older because of it.''


A blue double-breasted coat with a black bag and black gloves, a lavender coat with a pearl necklace and white gloves and a floral print dress and pink jacket are among the looks the Queen has showcased during her visit to Australia this week. The silhouette has always been structured, the shoes at a sensible heel height and the matching straw hats trimmed with flowers.

By wearing made-to-measure and carefully co-ordinating her hats, handbags and shoes, the Queen has created ''her own set of fashion rules,'' said the editor of Harper's BAZAAR, Edwina McCann.

''You wouldn't know what's in fashion if you looked at what the Queen has wore in the past 30 years,'' McCann said.

''I love the way she's stuck with her look. It's a triumph of style over fashion.''

Unlike the fashion pack, the Queen rarely wears black. Colours enable her to be better seen by adoring crowds and security details. But that has not stopped her from gaining cult appeal in the rarefied world of high style. The exemplary deportment and military precision with which the Queen deploys multiple outfits on tour is also impressive.

''Normal people find it difficult just figuring out what they are going to wear to work each day, but considering the amount of stuff she has to go [through] and her age and status, I think the Queen does a really good job of managing it all,'' the fashion designer Alex Perry said.

She is assisted by Stewart Parvin, who has been designing for the Queen since 2000, and Angela Kelly, who is personal assistant and senior dresser to the Queen and also designs for her.