In 1960, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand embarked on an epoch-making state visit to 15 Western nations. The trip, which revitalized the image of Thailand internationally, was a coming-of-age for the young monarchs who thus entered upon the world stage. Presenting an engaging image of their homeland, Their Majesties were received by statesmen, local and international celebrities, and many of the crowned heads of Europe.
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit enchanted Europeans and Americans during the tour with her “fairytale” couture wardrobe. Designed primarily by Pierre Balmain, her regal attire was the result of a professional collaboration that was to last for more than two decades. The interest and acclaim accorded the beautiful Queen contributed greatly to that first tour’s success and established her as an international tastemaker and the era’s epitome of royal style. Moreover, Her Majesty’s Thai dress from the tour evolved into modern Thai national dress, and her subsequent work with Balmain significantly influenced its development as well.
Fit For A Queen charts the evolution of Her Majesty’s royal style and her professional relationship with Balmain. The book showcases more than 70 of the ensembles he designed for Queen Sirikit in the 1960s and 1970s in photographs by renowned Thai fashion photographer Nat Prakobsantisuk.