She may not have The Crown, but she is queen of style. Queen Elizabeth II’s little sister Margaret, a chain-smoking, hungover trainwreck played by Vanessa Kirby, packs a lot of style and sass. Remember when she had to take over Elizabeth’s engagements because the Queen had to go on her tour? Yeah, that was a fun episode. We like seeing her in her element — in the spotlight — but even when depressed, which she almost always is thanks to her breakup with CaptainPeter Townsend in season 1), she remains fabulous. Always irreverent and showing a little bit more skin than both Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth would like, Margaret’s take on royal dressing is A-plus.
The real Princess Margaret earned her a nickname in the ’50s: “The Margaret Look,” which captures her “royal rebel” attitude. She was definitely punk-rock ahead of her time. In the show, Vanessa Kirby works with costume designer Michele Clapton, who was responsible for Game of Thrones‘ Emmy-winning wardrobe. In an interview, Clapton says, “Margaret’s dresses have had two or three [fittings] — the waist is tighter, the skirt is fuller. She could do that because she had the space and time to be a fashion icon. With Margaret I tried to be a bit more sophisticated, so I put mauves with mink and used a bit of Brutalist print. I wanted to show what was going on in architecture, what was happening in Soho.”
In season 2, which streams December 8, she finds her rebound guy, Antony Armstrong-Jones, AKA Lord Snowdon, played by Matthew Goode. While we look forward to that, let’s take a look at Margaret’s past and future outfits: