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  THE EXHIBITION

Tiaras presents the greatest collection of tiaras ever assembled, with more than 200 scintillating gem-set head ornaments on display.

Experience the glamour and allure of the most majestic tiaras from British and European royal families alongside those worn and coveted by celebrities including Elton John, Joanna Lumley, Victoria Beckham, Wonder Woman, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Featuring thousands of fine diamonds, complemented by precious emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls, amethysts and topazes, court diadems made by Garrard, Fabergé,

 

Cartier and Boucheron contrast with those made today by Vivienne Westwood, David Linley, and Philip Treacy in acrylic, wood and feathers.

Comprising loans from private collections, museums, and jewellers from around the world, the exhibition traces the evolution of the tiara from the mid-18th century to the present day and provides a fascinating insight into the history of the jewels themselves, their owners and their makers.


Royal Tiaras

Providing a rare opportunity to see the breathtaking precious stones worn by European and British royalty, including Their Majesties the Queen, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Queen Victoria, Tiaras includes many tiaras of royal provenance that have never been exhibited before.

The 'Oriental Circlet' tiara designed by Prince Albert, and worn by Queen Victoria and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, will be on display alongside tiaras lent by Her Majesty the Queen, including the diamond tiara Russe that she wore on her wedding day on 20th November 1947. The presence of this historic jewel alone is a touching tribute to the 50 years of Her Majesty's reign.


  Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (b.1900), wearing the Oriental Circlet tiara; by Cecil Beaton (1904 - 1980); English; 1948. V&A.

The Oriental Circlet - Ruby and Diamond
The Oriental Circlet. Ruby and diamond tiara by Garrard. The Royal Collection 2002. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Experience tiaras that evoke the Imperial Majesty of Napoleon's court together with four diadems that Prince Albert personally designed for Queen Victoria.

 

"I was 'coiffee' before dinner, with a lovely Diadem of diamonds and emeralds designed by my beloved Albert"
Queen Victoria's journal, 25 April 1845

   
Diamond and Sapphire Tiara
Diamond and sapphire tiara designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria.
On loan from the Earl and Countess of Harewood.
Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood wearing a coral tiara of
her own design. Vivienne Westwood.
 

Whether you're a fan of royalty or Hollywood, or a dedicated follower of fashion, Tiaras will not fail to delight.

Tiaras of all types vie for the limelight, from those set with spectacular precious stones, to the punk rock acrylic creation of Vivienne Westwood, and those worn by celebrities including Elton John, Joanna Lumley, Victoria Beckham, Wonder Woman, and Gwyneth Paltrow's in the film "Shakespeare in Love".

There are also stunning recent creations from David Linley, Philip Treacy, Wendy Ramshaw, Elizabeth Gage and Jan Yager.

 
Flaunted by a star or supermodel at the latest celebrity party, or worn by a queen or empress at a state occasion, tiaras have always epitomised majesty, romance and glamour.  
Tiara - beech wood
Tiara, beech wood, designed by David Linley and
Tim Gosling. 2001. David Linley Furniture.

Ellen Terry tiara. Joanna Lumley.
Today, tiaras continue to be a popular feature of the bridal trousseau. Historically they were often given by the groom to the bride.

Faberge Cyclamen gold mounted diamond tiara. By Kind permission o His Grace The Duke of Westminster O.B.E., D.L. and the Trustees of the Grosvenor Estates.
 
 
   

An astonishing range of materials can be used to make tiaras.

In the exhibition, aluminium, glass, steel, cow's horn and feathers hold their own against the intense fire of monumental diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls.

 
The Invasive Species Tiara in oxidised Sterling silver & eighteen carat gold by Jan Yager (b. Detroit. 1951); U.S.A.; 2001. Victoria and Albert Museum.  
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