Think pink! Máxima’s pink prom dresses

Next Monday, Máxima is expected in the long run at the presentation of the King Willem I Awards. To get in the mood, check out her pink prom dresses here. Think pink!

Perhaps the most beautiful evening dress from Máxima’s collection: the soft pink rose dress from Valentino. With layers, discreet embroidery and short hooded sleeves: everything is right here.


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Dress up with an update
Soft pink dress with empire line from Valentino. An oldie, for Máxima wore it before (without the later added lace on the skirt) in 2004 and 2006.


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Dutch design with a Japanese blink
Prince’s Day 2015 is a day full of splendor. Máxima’s dress by Jan Taminiau fits perfectly into this one. The silk organza design is hand-painted and richly decorated with embroidery d’art. Monique van Munster from the embroidery studio Moniquenwerk Broderie d’Art explains: “Beads can be processed in two different ways. In the traditional way with a needle and thread, or in the French way with a small crochet hook (lunéville needle). Wired beads from a wire spool are attached to the fabric with a chain stitch. The technique is widely used in Haute Couture and is known as embroidery d’art. ”

If you look at Máxima’s dress, in addition to the necessary embroidery techniques and pearl types, you will also see boulders, pheasants, cranes and flowers. The Government Information Service announced in a press release that the scene on the dress was inspired by the Japanese hall in the Huis ten Bosch palace. In the book ‘Het Brokaten Paradijs’, Nicole Ex describes the silk wall coverings in detail. “The eight panels of the Japanese wallpaper in Huis ten Bosch are populated by a rich variety of plants and animals elaborated in detail. All of these hundreds of textile figurines, the appliqués, are glued on and attached with stitches on an ecru-colored silk background, the foundation. The peonies and chrysanthemums, peacocks and roosters detach from their substrate because they are filled with cotton fluff or consist of different layers of paper, which are often laid on top of each other like roof tiles. On the smooth surface is a rolling hilly landscape of animals, plants and flowers, which are made of beautiful velvet, satin and brocade. ”

If you look closely at the eight panels in Japanese space, you will see a mix of Eastern traditions and Dutch design. During the restoration work in the 1990s, Dutch playing cards and paper with Japanese characters were encountered. The composition of the eight panels also reveals influences from our own country. Nicole Ex: “In the Eastern tradition, the space of the surface is sought, elements are scattered beyond what is left of the void. There is never any symmetry. The plants and animals on the four large panels, on the other hand, are arranged in a U-shape, which gives the representation a clear right and left and a bottom and top. ”

The Dutch idiom is clearly reflected in Máxima’s attire. Along the skirt edge, Jan Taminiau has depicted rock formations and birds, while the middle building is decorated with cherry blossoms, camellias and peonies (“the queen of flowers”). Piece by piece, the flowers and animals are painted by hand on the organza, after which they are decorated with embroidery d’art and cannetille embroidery. Cannetille is a spiral twisted thread of gold or silver that is cut to size and then sewn onto the fabric. Due to all the technical possibilities, the material is available in almost all colors.

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cut threads
Asymmetrical fuchsia evening dress with four layers of cut yarn as a fringe. With each step, the dress jumps profusely. It seems that the design by the Argentine designer Benito Fernandez is a fashionable representation of the queen’s expressive nature.


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To Jackie
On Budget Day 2003, Máxima is heavily pregnant. Still, she manages to look elegant in an ensemble à la Jackie. Edouard Vermeulen from Natan is the designer.


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Paisley
Lots of ruffles, a busy paisley print and it done in calm pastel shades. Máxima also manages to surprise in Australia (2006). Unfortunately, the designer has not yet been identified.


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fairytale dress
During the state visit to Germany (2011), Máxima is wearing a real fairytale dress from Taminiau. The design consists of several layers of chiffon, which are trimmed in the neckline with silver embroidery d’art.


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Maximum in madness
Dress with sequins and pearls, fabric dyed with mats. Designer: Jan Taminiau.


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Máxima at the (transfer) battle
Coat with cover and embroidery d’art. Designer: Jan Taminiau.


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Kaftan with print
In the fall of 2013, Máxima will be carrying this lovely color explosion of Etro in the Antilles. Her silver clutch comes from Queen Juliana’s estate.


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Think pink
For her husband’s fortieth birthday, Máxima does a fantastic job in 2007. She orders a strapless evening gown with a layered skirt with embroidery d’art from Edouard Vermeulen by Nathan. Also new is the Tutti Frutti necklace, which Máxima bought through the auction during her last maternity leave.


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Royal, neat and chaste
During the Argentine president’s state visit (March 2017), Máxima wears a soft pink dress with degraded embroidery; from the top tapers to the seam of almost nothing. Although Máxima has not worn the evening gown before on official occasions, it has come into the picture before during the wedding of her brother Juan Zorreguieta and Andrea Wolf. Then with a deep split, but it is no longer visible at the state bank. Taminiau has discreetly raised the neckline slightly using embroidery. Also striking is the diamond necklace around Máxima’s neck, which was last seen in the 1970s with Queen Juliana. Rectangular house diamonds from the House of Orange-Nassau have been incorporated into the jewel. The stones are more than three centuries old and at the end of the nineteenth century they were incorporated by jewelers Schürmann into an impressive necklace with thirteen links.


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Maximum block dress
Taminiau: “We started with the basic material (organza). Then we drew the pattern of the blocks on it. So you see block motifs stacked on top of each other. The large blocks under the small ones. Each block consists of three surfaces. One part is filled with hand seams of silk yarn, a part with glass beads and the last part we cut away so that the element becomes visible and transparency is created. You can see the shadow effect as sand. “

Sari with a wink to Pink City
This design has been thought through from A to Z because the dress was made for an important moment: the state banquet in India. That Jan Taminiau and Queen Máxima have never lost sight of the apartment is reflected in both the lines and the fabric. The long cape sleeve is a distinct nod to the saree, and the sweet fabric with colorful floral print even went through life like a real sari until the beginning of this year. During her previous state visit to India in 2007, Máxima – then still a princess – had taken the clothes home as a memento of Jaipur. The true India connoisseurs will surely know why. Jaipur is also called the Pink City because of all the pink buildings.

Sorry, I can not display one image due to image rights. It is about the strapless dress that Máxima wore in 2006 during the Luxembourg Grand Duke and Grand Duchess’ state visit.

If Máxima ever needs to clear out her closet, I would recommend the following dresses. (without specific order)
1. The dress from Prinsjesdag 2015, which is inspired by the Japanese hall in Huis ten Bosch. The paintings, the embroideries, the motifs: this dress is simply a work of art, period.
2. Benito Fernandez’s Cut Yarn Dress. Simply because this creation probably dances very dramatically.
Valentinos rose dress. So romantic, so cute: I wanted to put this dress on a mannequin in my bedroom just to look at every day.

Also a favorite: Taminiau’s sari dress and fairytale dress with silver embroidery. Which dress I give a second chance is the block dress. I am very excited about what the design would look like without the floral decoration and the shawl.

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