When Queen Elizabeth passed away last year, it seemed that the art of glove wearing might have gone with her. After all, she was one of the last public figures to make a point of donning white or black cotton gloves each time she made an appearance, still dedicated to the dress customs of a bygone era. As Genevieve James, who runs Cornelia James, the company founded by her mother which always supplied the late monarch’s gloves, once told me of 1940s and 50s dress codes, “If you were wearing a hat, then you had to have gloves too.”
And yet if there’s one accessory which keeps appearing everywhere this year, it’s elegantly elongated opera gloves, a more dramatic and unashamedly ladylike version of the late Queen’s styles – although there were plenty of occasions when she did an opera glove with aplomb. Glyndebourne only started last night but attendees there will be following rather than setting this trend.