Evening gown, by Sir Norman Hartnell. Worn by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to the Netherlands in 1958. Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved.

Evening gown, by Sir Norman Hartnell. Worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on a State Visit to the Netherlands in Royal Collection All Rights Reserved.

Ceremonial gown, by Norman Hartnell, 1957, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed specially for Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to Paris, April 8-11th, 1957. Decorated with French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. Worn to the state dinner on the first night (Monday 8th April), hosted by President René Coty at the Elysée Palace, followed by a visit to the Opéra (see black-and-white photo, via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr).

Ceremonial gown, by Norman Hartnell, 1957, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed specially for Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to Paris, April 8-11th, 1957. Decorated with French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. Worn to the state dinner on the first night (Monday 8th April), hosted by President René Coty at the Elysée Palace, followed by a visit to the Opéra (see black-and-white photo, via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr).

Evening dress, by Sir Norman Hartnell, 1968. Silk, crystals, sequins, diamanté, beads. Worn by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in 1969 while visiting Vienna, Austria (see photo with daughter Princess Anne). Photos (above): Getty, via Good Housekeeping; (below): Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

Evening dress, by Sir Norman Hartnell, 1968. Silk, crystals, sequins, diamanté, beads. Worn by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in 1969 while visiting Vienna, Austria (see photo with daughter Princess Anne). Photos (above): Getty, via Good Housekeeping; (below): Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

Norman Hartnell with models wearing his designs, 1953. Photo: Norman Parkinson.

Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment

1953, State evening dress of white silk satin with aquamarine and turquoise beaded embroidery in a frosted flower design. With a fichu collar around low neckline, and decorative panels trimmed with pleated net on the full crinoline skirt. Designed by Norman Hartnell for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Evening dress

he designs of Norman Hartnell for Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) are among his best known. He first met Elizabeth in and continued making clothes for her until his death in Among the many beautiful state gowns was this 1953 gown in ivory satin

Evening Dress, Norman Hartnell: 1960, ribbed silk and lace with bolero and belt. "Worn by The Queen for the Marriage of Princess Margaret at Westminster Abbey, 6 May 1960."

Evening dress of turquoise ribbed silk and lace w bolero and belt Norman Hartnell Worn by Queen Elizabeth II for the Marriage of Princess Margaret at Westminster Abbey, 6 May

Evening gown, by Sir Norman Hartnell, 1965. Silk, embroidery and sequins. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II for a State Banquet given by Emperor Haile Selassie in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved.

Evening gown, by Sir Norman Hartnell, Silk, embroidery and sequins. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II for a State Banquet given by Emperor Haile Selassie in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved.

"New Look" evening gown, by Sir Norman Hartnell, late 1940s. Silk velvet, duchesse satin. Worn by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved.

An early example of the Princess Elizabeth's evening dress featured in the exhibition is this Hartnell black silk & velvet gown that echoes the New Look coming out of Paris, Royal Collection Trust

Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Dress, designed by Norman Hartnell and Coronation Robe made by Ede and Ravenscroft and embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II& Coronation Dress, designed by Norman Hartnell and Coronation Robe made by Ede and Ravenscroft and embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework,

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