Plain fabrics have an edge on Queen Máxima. By keeping the peace in terms of clothing, she can unpack unlimitedly with hats, jewelry and other accessories. But Máxima wouldn’t be Máxima if she didn’t take an occasional trip to checks, stripes, rooster feet and the like. That’s why now online: a series about 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 absolutely 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 colour, lines and fabrics, fashion has been communicated for centuries. At least until the beginning of the twentieth century you could even read someone’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 walking by in those days, then you knew what you had to do as a worker: just bend!
In short, fashion had a signaling function, which was determined by the ruling court at the time. But what about the window pane? Do we also owe this design to a royal highness? There is no unequivocal answer to this question, because 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 is nowadays mainly associated with Scotland.
That could have been different, because 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 banned and so was the wearing 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 the Scottish diamond culture was largely lost.
British King George IV, who ruled from 1820 to 1830, decided to change that. During his visits to Scotland, he wore a kilt with a check on several occasions, and in 1822 he even organized a real checkered party, to revive the Scottish checkered culture. The male guests were expected in a kilt with the checkered pattern of their own region or family. That caused a lot of stress, because at that time there was really no clear-cut 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 signaling function has diminished with more than 7000 diamonds in circulation. Fortunately, this is not an obstacle for the royals to regularly opt for the diamond, especially when they visit Scotland. Just look at the images of The Firm in Scotland. Catherine and Meghan show with great conviction that a diamond can be very fashionable and flattering as well as being very symbolic. Prince Charles in turn even wears a real kilt with matching knee socks and a bag (sporran). In 2022 it may look a bit cool, but just like in the past, the royal choice of clothing also has a function. Without saying a word, the prince shows that he cares about Scotland, even though he spends most of the year in England.
With Máxima there is of course no such symbolism. No, if our queen wears a check, she does it mainly 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 tie 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. Label: Oscar de la Renta.
Dress with tie collar, label: Natan.
Two piece combination with asymmetrical skirt length, label: Natan.
The skirt can also be worn with a jacket and a burgundy blouse, label: Natan.
A very refined, light check. Tag: Nathan.
A modern variation on the check, label: Natan.
A warm winter coat with a check, label: Natan.
Checked skirt with pleat at the center front, label: Natan.
Top with subtle lap. The fabric is cut in two directions. Tag: Nathan.
Suit by Massimo Dutti.
Skirt with pencil pleats, label: Natan.
Dress with checkered skirt and a velvet top, label: Natan.
A very fine check, from fashion house Natan. A different fabric direction has been chosen for the sleeves.
A creative variation on the lozenge, label: Natan.
Photo: Patrick van Katwijk
In this series:
Máxima and the stripe
Máxima and pied de poule
Máxima and the animal print
Máxima and the paisley print
Máxima and the Polka Dot
Maxima and color gradient
Máxima and the diamond
Máxima and floral designs