Alexandra, Queen

Queen Alexandra Carolina Maria Carlota Luísa Júlia was born in Copenhagen on December 1, 1844 and died at Sandringham on November 20, 1925. She was the wife of King Edward VII and queen consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1901 to 1910 .

When she married Prince Edward VII in 1863, she became Princess of Wales and thus began to become a fashion icon. Her wedding dress was made by fashion designer Charles Worth.

She was known to like to adorn herself excessively and was never seen without jewelry, despite wearing fake jewelry when it suited her.

Among the trends she launched, the most copied were: The pearl choker, which she used to hide a scar on her neck; excess jewelry; and the change in her dresses to adapt her limp, left by the time she contracted rheumatic fever. With the modifications to the dresses came the introduction of the Edwardian petticoat, modifying the female silhouette. The limp was also copied by the women of the time, who also started to walk on a crutch to become more like Alexandra.

An interesting curiosity is an event in which King Eduard, who, after being crowned, became extremely formal in the way he dressed, scolded his wife who thought her honorific band was better inside out, making her change before going out in public.

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Here we can see an example of before and after the Alexandra petticoat, first, on the left side, we see a dress from the Victorian era (the queen in force before King Edward and his wife) and then a dress from the Edwardian era, in which it was used the Alexandra petticoat.


Bibliography: Allan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.

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