Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - July 17, 2011

Norman Hartnell, Wedding dress for Queen Elizabeth II (1947). The British designer was appointed dressmaker to the royal family in 1938, and also designed extensively for theater and film. He was particularly known for his wedding gowns, and this one for the future Queen Elizabeth II was decorated with thousands of seed pearls and crystal beads. He also designed the Queen's coronation gown and clothing for her official travels. During World War II, Hartnell abided by British wartime restrictions on use of material, including his clothes for the royal family, and designed the uniforms for the Women's Royal Army Corps, British Red Cross, and Women's Police Force.

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