Thursday, 28 April 2011

Sophia Loren leads the field

The Italian screen legend graces Royal Ascot

Part 6 in our occasional series of retrospective photographs from the past 300 years of Ascot history looks back at Sophia Loren at Royal Ascot in the 1960s.

The Ascot Royal Enclosure has always played host to famous international figures. But whereas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries they were most likely to be foreign royalty and international statesmen, in modern times you are equally likely to see some of the biggest names in Hollywood, dressed and styled by some of the biggest names in couture fashion.

In 1922, the Times cor;respondent was writing that “Ascot is notoriously the best place in England to see beautiful women in beautiful clothes”, and as a stunning Sophia Loren so elegantly demonstrated in this exquisite and classic white ensemble, things have remained unchanged ever since.

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