- Author Bio
Veteran fashion journalist Elizabeth Holmes expands her award-winning Instagram Stories series, "So Many Thoughts," into a nuanced look at the style, branding, and positioning of the four most influential contemporary British Royals: Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle.
Royal women wield a unique, quiet kind of power. They use their clothing choices and their styling preferences to create a visual brand that is at once aspirational and accessible, and to project a sartorial statement that encompasses their values, priorities, and beliefs. For Britain's modern monarchy, fashion is often the most powerful and prominent political statement. And for this reason, it is ripe for dissection - from the tip of the fascinator to the toe of the pump.
Today, the fashion choices of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are frequently headline news. At the same time as these royals give us major wardrobe envy, they also use their clothing to send messages about their place within the royal family and the world. But 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. 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).
With one section devoted to each woman, HRH will pair hundreds of gorgeous photographs with lengthy captions and longer essays to paint a vivid portrait of each woman's sartorial preferences, 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. But mostly, through these four biographies, a picture emerges of the evolution of the British monarchy over the past century, showing that royal fashion is so much more than what meets the eye.
Filled with hundreds of 4-color photos and presented in a luxurious, coffee table-ready package, HRH will be split into four sections, each covering one of the four royals. The book will build off of Elizabeth's Instagram series, "So Many Thoughts" (SMT), by expanding her signature royal commentary to include deep-dive essays on both the royal women she studies and broader topics such as the cultural history of the hat and the role of social media in royal commentary. And of course, HRH will include plenty of the iconic photo captions that SMT fans have come to love.
Think the format of NOTORIOUS RBG with the content of The Crown and the social media buzz of THE HOME EDIT.
Elizabeth Holmes spent more than a decade on staff at The Wall Street Journal covering the business and messaging of fashion. In 2017, Elizabeth left the journal and now writes for a variety of national outlets, including The New York Times, In Style, elle, Real Simple, Glamour, Town & Country, and Vogue International, as well as her regular column with Cup of Jo. Elizabeth was born outside of Chicago, found her stride in New York, and now lives with her husband and three young children in the suburbs of San Francisco - but London is her spirit city.
- 150k print run
- Publishers Weekly review
- Rep PickRep pick:
A veteran fashion journalist highlights the stunning fashion styles of the Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth, Diana, Kate, and Meghan. Full-colour photographs throughout.—Laureen Cusack
A Town & Country "Must-Read Book of Fall 2020"
One of Cosmopolitan's "Best Nonfiction Books of 2020"
"The photos are stunning, but the best parts are the behind-the-scenes fashion tidbits sprinkled throughout the text... author Holmes' narrative effortlessly pulls us through the sweep of history, from WWII to Megxit, outfit by outfit. This is a visual feast suitable for fashionistas and royal watchers alike."
- Booklist, starred review
"Fans of the British royal family will enjoy this spirited retrospective, which should prove popular with a range of readers."
- Library Journal, starred review
"...dives deep into royal style with humor, wit, and heart, into this gorgeous and photo-driven 300-plus-page tome on what Britain's royal women wear and the secret messages those clothes send. Read it once and you'll never look at getting dressed the same way again."
- Town & Country
"A flattering and thoroughly enjoyable assessment of style choices made by Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Spencer, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle...Holmes makes a strong case, in enthusiastic prose along with lavish photographs of all four women, that her subjects' sartorial choices say as much about their positions in the royal family as they do about their individual identities."
- Publishers Weekly
"A smooth, entertaining read fizzing with insight."
- Financial Times