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Ian Thomas (1929-93)

Evening gown 1974

Silk chiffon; embroidered overall iridescent sequins, knotted yellow and orange silk and green bugle beads. | RCIN 100098

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Designed for The Queen’s 1974 visit to Australia. This vivid yellow chiffon dress with a bias-cut skirt and silk shoulder cape is embroidered with large sprays of wattle, the national flower of Australia. The Queen had worn a romantic evening gown embroidered with wattle for her first visit to Australia as Queen in 1954.
  • Creator(s)

    Ian Thomas (1929-93) (designer)

    English (nationality)

  • The gown was intended to be worn in Australia in 1974. In the event, due to a General Election in the UK, The Queen had to cut short the tour and return to the United Kingdom.