Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#2112 - c. 1950's RARE SIR NORMAN HARTNELL COUTURE Silver Beaded Dress! Top of the Line! Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Dressmaker! Rare to find Hartnell dresses.. especially as fine a dress as this. Hartnell began designing clothes in the early 1920s, working briefly with Lucile before opening his own premises in London and first collection in 1927. He was appointed Royal Family Dressmaker in 1938 and designed spectacular state gowns for their overseas visits. He is most famous for designing Queen Elizabeth's Wedding gown, Going-Away Dress and in 1953, her Coronation Gown. From 1942, he produced dresses for the public in his huge showroom of grey and crystal, with mirrored walls, grey velvet upholstery and enormous crystal chandeliers. This dress certainly looks like it belongs in that showroom... can't you just see it sparkle under those lights? Fully beaded net dress of silver bugle beads and round beads over a white silk lining. Back zipper. Near Mint condition! A true piece of history by a knighted fashion designer! His classic quotation was: "I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful."
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study