Plain fabric has an edge on Queen Máxima. By keeping calm in terms of clothes, she can unpack indefinitely with hats, jewelry and other accessories. But Máxima would not be Máxima if she did not even occasionally take a trip to checks, stripes, rooster feet and the like. Therefore now online: a series on Máxima’s designs. With today in the lead role …… the diamond!
Fashion is sometimes seen as something superficial. Empty entertainment, with major consequences for people and the environment. In part, this critical view is entirely correct, but history has shown that clothing is much more than just vanity and a few pieces of fabric sewn together. Through the use of colors, lines and fabrics, fashion has been conveyed for centuries. At least until the beginning of the twentieth century, one could even read a person’s social, civil, religious and political status on the basis of a dress or jacket. In 17th century France, for example, a shoe with a red sole was only allowed to be worn at court. Violation of this law was punishable by death. If you saw a red sole go by in those days, then you knew what to do as a worker: just bend over!
In short, fashion had a signaling function, which was determined by the judiciary at the time. But what about the window pane? Do we also owe this design to a royal highness? There is no single answer to this question, for the diamond is not just a last minute trend. No, even before the birth of Jesus, the design was described as a matter of course, without saying a word about its creator. We are therefore in the dark about the exact existence of the diamond, but what we do know is that the diamond today is mainly associated with Scotland.
It could have been different, for in the year 1746 the battle of Culloden took place. After a bloody battle, the house of Hanover defeated the Jacobites. To prevent such a war in the future, Scottish culture was crushed. Many Scots had joined the Jacobites. The bagpipes, once a sign of resistance, were strictly forbidden, as was the use of Scottish clothing. The prison sentence for breaking the laws was not without reason: six months to seven years. This remained so until the end of the eighteenth century, when the tradition and knowledge of Scottish diamond culture was largely lost.
The British King George IV, who ruled from 1820 to 1830, decided to change that. During his visits to Scotland he wore on several occasions kilt with check, and in 1822 he even arranged a really checkered feast, to revive the Scottish checkered culture. The male guests were expected in a kilt with the checkered pattern from their own region or family. It gave a lot of stress, because at that time there was really no shiny diamond per. region or family. In order not to disappoint the king, all kinds of diamonds were awarded to regions and families at lightning speed. This was so well received that the diamond culture in Scotland suddenly took on a deeper meaning.
Today, this culture and symbolism is still alive, although the signal function has diminished with more than 7000 diamonds in circulation. Fortunately, this is not an obstacle for the royals to regularly choose the diamond, especially when visiting Scotland. Just look at the pictures of The Firm in Scotland. Catherine and Meghan show with great conviction that a diamond can be very fashionable and flattering as well as be very symbolic. Prince Charles, on the other hand, even wears a real kilt with matching knee socks and a bag (sporran). In 2022, it may look a little cool, but as before, the royal clothing choice also has a function. Without saying a word, the prince shows that he loves Scotland, even though he spends most of the year in England.
At Máxima, of course, there is no such symbolism. No, if our queen has a check on, she does it primarily because she likes it herself, and the fashion house where she shops a lot (Natan) sells fabrics with the design. King Willem-Alexander, in turn, has a draw with the Dutch diamond. You can probably guess the colors of these… .. Red, white, blue and orange.
Coat with one checkered front, dress with asymmetrical skirt length. Brand: Oscar de la Renta.
Dress with tie, brand: Natan.
Two-piece combination with asymmetrical skirt length, label: Nathan.
The skirt can also be worn with a jacket and a burgundy blouse, brand: Natan.
A very refined, light dice. Tag: Nathan.
A modern variation of the check, label: Nathan.
A warm winter coat with checkered, brand: Natan.
Checkered skirt with pleats in the middle of the front, brand: Nathan.
Top with subtle lap. The fabric is cut in two directions. Tag: Nathan.
Suit from Massimo Dutti.
Skirt with pencil folder, brand: Natan.
Dress with checkered skirt and velvet top, brand: Natan.
A very nice check, from the fashion house Natan. A different fabric direction has been chosen for the sleeves.
A creative variation of the lozenge, label: Natan.
Photo: Patrick van Katwijk
In this series:
Maximum and stripe
Máxima og pied de poule
Maximum and animal print
Maximum and paisley printed
Maximum and Polka Dot
Maxima and color gradient
Maximum and the diamond
Maximum and floral design