HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style
My first book will be a deep dive into the style, positioning, and branding of the four most prominent women of the modern British monarchy.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, yield a unique, quiet kind of power. Most of the world will never have the chance to see them, or any other member of the royal family, in person. What we do see are pictures, shared instantaneously around the globe, of their carefully orchestrated appearances. And what we notice first, before we know what charity they are supporting or what event they are attending, is what they are wearing. They use their clothing choices and their styling preferences to create a visual brand that is at once aspirational and accessible. And as the monarchy continues to evolve rapidly in the digital era, it is ripe for, and worthy of, dissection from the tip of the fascinator to the toe of the pump.
To fully understand the choices Kate and Meghan are making, one must look to two style icons that came before them: Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales. These two wildly different women were also launched into the spotlight with their intensely prominent roles and used their personal style to their benefit. Elizabeth famously wears bright colors to stand out in a crowd and help her security detail keep tabs on her; Diana favored fashion-forward and often revealing pieces, signaling her independence (especially after her divorce from Prince Charles).
Throughout HRH, photographs will be paired with short essays and lengthy captions to explain each woman’s sartorial preference, messaging, and evolution. The sections on each will be a seamless combination of major moments and notable details, from the choice of each woman’s wedding dress designer to the meaning of a single bow tied on a ponytail.
HRH will be published in Fall 2020 by Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan. Read more about the project at Town & Country magazine.
For more information, contact Christine Mykityshyn: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above photos via Polaris, from left: Nunn Syndication; CNP; Nunn Syndication; i-images