Princess Margaret’s Greatest Fashion Moments Through the Years
Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, was a veritable fashion icon in her day. A huge fan of Dior’s New Look, the “royal rebel” dressed in contrast to her prim elder sister and favored a bold variety of accessories—from glamorous sunglasses to bright headscarves. In fact, her style prowess earned its own nickname in the 1950s: “The Margaret Look.” Ahead of the season three of The Crown (in which Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret), we’re looking back at all the royal’s best looks throughout the years.
1940 In a patterned dress and wrist watch in the schoolroom at Windsor Castle at the age of 10 years old.
1941 Wearing matching outfits with her older sister Elizabeth for a portrait with the Queen Mother in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
1940s In a floral print dress, layered pearl necklaces, and red suede shoes for an official portrait.
1940s In a full equestrian look while horseback riding as a young teenager.
GETTY IMAGES 1943 In costume for a production of Aladdin at Windsor Castle.
GETTY IMAGES 1947 Photographed with King George VI and older sister Princesses Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) during an excursion in the Royal Natal National Park in South Africa. Margaret wears a buttoned dress with a belt cinched at the waist.
1940s Posing for an official royal portrait in a floor-length ball gown with flower detailing and her signature layered pearl necklaces.
1949 In a pink and white polka dot dress, white opera gloves, and a matching flower hat while visiting the Women’s Resident Training College.
GETTY IMAGES 1949 In a floor-length gown with floral embellishments, pearl necklaces, and white gloves at Regents Park.
GETTY IMAGES 1949 Wearing a fur-trim coat, pleated skirt, and feathered hat while being greeted by the Cadet Guard of Honor in Bristol.
1949 In a pale pink ball gown and strands of pearls for a portrait.
1940s Attending a royal engagement in a wide-brimmed hat, patterned dress, pearl necklaces, and white gloves.
1949 In a feathered hat, fur coat, black gloves, and midi dress out in London.
GETTY IMAGES 1949 Arriving to an airport in London in a skirt suit, matching hat, and white accessories.
1950 In a wide-brimmed hat, opera gloves, and a vested dress at St. Peter’s Church in London.
1951 In a white fur coat, white gloves, and a jewel-encrusted gown at the premiere of Captain Horatio Hornblower at the Warner Theatre Leicester Square.
1951 In an off-the-shoulder ball gown cinched at the waist for a sitting royal portrait.
1951 Attending the traditional Drum Castle Pageant in a checked blazer and pleated skirt.
1953 In a silk ballgown and opera gloves at the premiere of Hamlet at Leicester Square in London.
GETTY IMAGES 1953 In a white cap and skirt suit on a train at Southampton station.
GETTY IMAGES 1953 Wearing an embellished gown, crown, and royal sash at the coronation of her sister, Queen Elizabeth II.
1953 Posing for a portrait at the palace in a tiara, diamond necklaces, and sleeveless gown.
1954 Attending the Highland Home Exhibition in a velvet jacket and silk cap.
1955 In a tiara, a diamond necklace, a sash, and a white, sleeveless ball gown.
1955 In a floral headpiece, cap-sleeve dress, and long white gloves while on tour of British West Indies.
GETTY IMAGES 1956 In a netted cap, a cape coat, white gloves, and heels at the Royal Society for the Blind at Deal in Kent.
1956 In a floor-length ball gown with a single shoulder strap during her 26th birthday.
1958 Posing for a portrait in a white tulle gown and green jewelry.
1960 The official royal wedding portrait of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones at Buckingham Palace. The princess wore a cascading veil, long white dress, and diamond tiara.
HULTON ARCHIVE GETTY IMAGES 1960 In a pink gown and white fur jacket while attending the premiere of the film The Alamo at the Astoria in London.
HULTON ARCHIVE GETTY IMAGES 1962 Princess Margaret attends a wedding at Westminster Abbey in a purple overcoat, floral print dress, and black croc handbag.
1965 Donning a white and blue dress with a matching pale blue hat while on tour in East Africa.
1965 In a floral print dress and white pumps while visiting a ranch in Arizona with Lord Snowdon.
1965 In a tiara, diamond jewelry, and a baby blue evening gown, with husband Antony Armstrong-Jones.
DALMAS GETTY IMAGES 1967 While visiting the Bahamas with her husband Earl of Snowdon, Princess Margaret wears a colorful print dress and baby blue hair bow.
TIM GRAHAM GETTY IMAGES 1973 In a peacock feathered hat and a green-collared coat while attending the Royal Ascot.
KYPROS GETTY IMAGES 1981 Standing with Princess Diana in a floral dress and fur stole at Nicholas Soames’ wedding in Westminster.
GEORGES DE KEERLE GETTY IMAGES 1990 Wearing a red floral print dress and white heart-embellished sandals at the Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday outside Clarence House.
TIM GRAHAM GETTY IMAGES 1990 In turquoise jewelry and a blue caped gown at the London Palladium for The Queen Mother’s 90th birthday.
1997 Wearing a diamond tiara and jewelry for the State Opening Of Parliament.
1999 In a pale yellow dress while attending the Queen Mother’s 99th birthday celebration.