1968 | RENE' MANCINI | FIT FOR A QUEEN

1968 | René Mancini for Queen Sirikit
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile | Bangkok
Source: Google Arts & Culture

«In honor of the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 7th cycle birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016, the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles will mount Fit For A Queen, a new exhibition that focuses on the 22-year-long working relationship between Her Majesty and French couturier Pierre Balmain. »


René Mancini for Queen Sirikit
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile | Bangkok

«In 1960, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit embarked on a historic state visit to 15 Western nations. The tour was the West’s formal introduction to the youthful royal couple. Her Majesty had determined that She would need a fashionable, seasonally appropriate Western wardrobe for the sixmonth-long tour, and She engaged renowned Paris couturier Pierre Balmain to design it. 

Balmain proved to be an excellent choice, creating a regal wardrobe—much of it made from Thai silk—for H.M. the Queen. Thus elegantly attired, Her Majesty garnered tremendous interest and acclaim, which contributed greatly to the tour’s success. The trip established Her as an international tastemaker and the era’s epitome of royal style. » 


René Mancini for Queen Sirikit
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile | Bangkok

René Mancini for Queen Sirikit
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile | Bangkok


«The exhibition will offer visitors the chance to view more than 30 of Her Majesty’s most stylish daytime, cocktail, and evening dresses, plus related accessories and several pieces of the luggage custom-made by Louis Vuitton for Their Majesties, most never before displayed. Design sketches and embroidery swatches lent by Balmain S.A. and the House of Lesage in Paris will help illuminate the design and creation processes. The exhibition will be further enriched by period footage and photographs. » 

Text above from the exhibition factsheet


Among the accessories, the exhibition shows a selection of models by Paris-based Italian/French shoemaker René Mancini. The models were designed to accompany the royal outfits created by the couturier Pierre Balmain.



1968 | Farah Pahlavi and Queen Sirikit (right)
Queen Sirikit is wearing the pair of shoes by René Mancini 
in the photo on the top of this page
BUNTE ILLUSTRIERTE Münchner Nr. 7 Feb. 14, 1968


 

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