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Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-79)

Evening Gown

RCIN 250106

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Throughout her reign Her Majesty has exclusively patronised British designers, in particular the great couturier Sir Norman Hartnell (1901–1979). On a State Visit to The Netherlands in 1958, The Queen wore an evening gown in Hartnell's hallmark style, combining luxurious fabric and rich embellishment. The dramatic full skirt and stylish asymmetric bodice is typical of the crinoline-skirted gowns that Hartnell designed for Her Majesty in the 1950s and 1960s.