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We're always told not to judge a book by its cover, but when we don't know someone, the only thing we have to go on is their appearance. In the world of the rich, famous, and powerful, when you are constantly under the spotlight, first impressions are essential. Just imagine what people would think if they saw the Queen wearing a hoodie.

Starting from the 4th July, Fashion Rules will open at Kensington Palace. The new exhibition will explore royal family fashion trends from the 1950s to present day. See dress collections worn by Princess Margret, Princess Diana, and the Queen herself. Tickets are 15.40 for adults, 12.54 concessions, and free for children.

There was a rule for every decade: nipped-in waist for the 50s; short hemlines for the 60s; sparkle in the 70s; massive shoulder pads in the 80s. See them all through film footage, photography, and physical displays.

To coincide with the exhibition, there are some upcoming events that you might be interested in, such as masterclasses and family fun days.

Vintage Hairstyles Masterclass
15th June, 1pm-4.30pm, 49

Can you imagine Princess Margaret with a beehive hair-do? Maybe not today, but in the 1960s, it was all the rage. Meet professional hair-stylists, Dolly and Rhonda to learn all about 50s & 60s hair styles, and then prepare for your own personal make-over.

Be Dazzled: Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion
2nd July, 6.30pm-7.30pm, 12

In an evening's talk by author Michael Pick, hear about the major fashion personality, Norman Hartnell, who's dresses included Princess Elizabeth's 1947 wedding gown.

Zandra Rhodes: 80s and 90s Portfolio
10th July, 6.30pm-7.30pm, 12

You won't be able to miss the guest speaker at this talk. Bright pink hair, theatrical make-up, and snazzy jewellery is the signature look of British fashion Icon, Zandra Rhodes. She will discuss her experiences designing for Princess Diana.

Beautiful Beading
20th July, 10.30am-4pm, 64

In a workshop led by expert embroiders, learn the technique of tambour beading, and follow a pattern inspired by Norman Hartnell designs.

Fun Fridays
26th July, 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd August, included in admission

During the summer holidays there will be lots of activities for the kids to get involved in. They will all be themed on fashion, and you can drop in at any time.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 15th June - 23rd July
Phone: 0844 482 7799
Where: Kensington Palace
Cost: 12-64
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