From the Queen’s Wardrobe
Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has granted Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark special permission to exhibit a huge number of the outfits Her Majesty has worn over the years.
The exhibition has been generously supported by Annie & Otto Johannes Detlefs’ Fonde.
The Queen is the Patron of, and a regular visitor to Den Gamle By. This is the first time the public will have an opportunity to see such an exhibition outside Denmark’s capital.
From the Queen’s Wardrobe presents an impressive variety of frocks, hats, everyday clothes and outfits for special occasions etc. from the 1940s to the present day. The exhibition features a total of 37 frocks and outfits, and 42 hats, along with shoes, a doll’s pram, a bicycle, suitcases and three schoolbooks. The clothes reveal various aspects of the Queen’s everyday life and official duties.
“Den Gamle By owns one of the largest collections of historical garments and textiles in Denmark, and for a long time we have dreamed of getting permission to present some exciting examples of clothing from the Queen’s wardrobe,” says Museum Director, Thomas Bloch Ravn. “We are delighted that this exhibition will give the people of Western Denmark such an extraordinary experience of costume history.”
Gala Dresses in Noble Settings
The exhibition is the largest special exhibition Den Gamle By has ever presented. It will occupy both the magnificent ground floor of the Mintmaster’s Mansion and the Galleries behind the Mintmaster’s Mansion.
In the Mintmaster’s Mansion, visitors can discover evening gowns and outfits worn for life’s more festive occasions, and the stories associated with the various occasions and times. The colourful 18th-century interiors of the Mintmaster’s Mansion provide a beautiful setting for these garments.
The Queen’s courageous, often humorous approach to life and clothes is the main attraction in the Galleries. There are hats exhibited together for the very first time, travelling outfits and ‘working clothes’: for example, from the TV broadcasts of the Queen’s New Year’s speech.
The Queen’s Sound Flair for Style and Fabrics
The curator, Tove Engelhardt Mathiassen, costume expert at Den Gamle By since 1997, has been working on the exhibition since 2015. She tells that was was particularly interesting to take an in-depth look at the Queen’s experimental, creative approach to clothes.
“The Queen has a flair for discovering interesting fabrics for frocks and outfits. Her Majesty always makes sure of saving clothes so they can later re-emerge as new, fascinating creations. The Queen is a huge fan of recycling,” says Tove Engelhardt Mathiassen.
The exhibition runs until 9 September 2018.