The Final Episodes of The Crown Air this Week
After seven years of captivating audiences, The Crown, the binge-worthy television series chronicling the Windsor dynasty, is coming to an end. As we bid farewell to our favorite royal soap opera, it’s hard not to acknowledge that one of the highlights of the show has been the fashion. From the iconic Mustique-era Princess Margaret to the Princess Diana cosplay years, the costumes have played a significant role in bringing the characters to life.
Princess Diana’s Enduring Influence
Undeniably, the portrayal of Princess Diana has been a focal point of The Crown, with her wardrobe stealing the spotlight. The obsession with Diana’s style has not waned, as evidenced by the recent sale of her famous “black sheep” knitted sweater for a staggering $1.1 million. Even brands like Rowing Blazers have capitalized on her fashion legacy by reissuing iconic pieces she wore.
The Ever-changing Faces of Royalty
While Princess Diana’s fashion may have been the lynchpin of The Crown, the show has allowed other members of the royal family to shine. Erin Doherty’s portrayal of Princess Anne sparked discussions about whether the King’s sister was a fashion icon in her own right. However, as one commentator aptly put it, “Stop trying to make Princess Anne happen.” This reinforces the notion that as one generation fades, another steps into the limelight.
Bold Choices and Sartorial Genius
Royal fashion has often been characterized by bold and unexpected choices. Amy Roberts and Sidonie Roberts, the heads of The Crown’s costume department, revealed that even Prince Charles had his fair share of memorable outfits. One particular standout moment is when Charles takes William to St. Andrews, sporting a wild ensemble featuring a tweed brown suit jacket, buff-colored trousers, slip-on brown shoes, and a green and brown diagonal stripe tie. It may be eccentric, but it’s undeniably brilliant.
A Love for the Royals Despite Initial Resistance
Although some involved in the show, like Amy, weren’t initially royalists, their perspective changed through working on The Crown. The extraordinary, bold, and brave fashion choices of the royal family won them over. The costumes showcased a level of coolness that surprised many, challenging preconceived notions about the monarchy.
As The Crown comes to an end, we will bid farewell to the captivating world of royal fashion. Yet, the influence of the show and its characters will undoubtedly live on, leaving us longing for another glimpse into the sartorial world of the Windsor dynasty.