The Queen of England and Dame Vivienne Westwood may seem like strange bedfellows, yet they share a keen interest in British customs and costumes, and each is the monarch of her respective milieu — the United Kingdom and punk.
And so it is that Dame Viv has designed the seemingly vandalized cover of Her Majesty the Queen, as well as its mother-of-pearl clamshell case. The design, applied to the new Royal Edition of the Diamond Jubilee-timed book, is a reference to the Queen, Great Britain, and Vivienne’s own Gold Label, featuring a scrawled drawing of the Star of the Noble Order of the Garter hand-stitched with silver thread.
Inside are hundreds of images of HRH’s remarkable six-decade reign by the likes of Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon, Dorothy Wilding, Patrick Lichfield, and contemporary photographers Wolfgang Tillmans, Rankin, and Annie Leibovitz. Indelible moments range from her marriage to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to her introduction to a busty Marilyn Monroe in deep décolletage.
$850 at Taschen (limited to 500), including a signed print by photographer Harry Benson