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State evening dress
  • State evening dress
    Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003
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State evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    Germany (worn)

  • Date:

    May 1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin with diamanté and porcelain bead embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

  • Museum number:

    T.4-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Queen Elizabeth II wore this gown on a state visit to West Germany in 1965, when she attended a State Reception at Schloss Augustusburg in Brühl. The design of this single-occasion gown diplomatically pays tribute to her hosts. Blue and white were the host family's colours, and the design of the embroidery is directly based upon rococo designs seen in the castle interior.

This dress featured on the front page of the Daily Express for May 19th 1965, the day after the State Reception. A few years later, the Queen presented this gown and a Norman Hartnell 1957 state evening gown (T.264-1974) to the Cecil Beaton Collection.

The aim of Cecil Beaton's collection was to create a lasting monument to the art of dress. To this end he acquired garments from designers and the well-dressed elite of Europe and America. The collection was exhibited at the V&A in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue detailing its enormous range, and was subsequently presented to the Museum.

Physical description

State evening dress of turquoise double faced silk satin. The bodice is entirely embroidered with rose-cut diamanté and white china beads. It is tiered with stitched hemline.

Place of Origin

London (made)
Germany (worn)

Date

May 1965 (made)

Artist/maker

Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin with diamanté and porcelain bead embroidery

Dimensions

Length: 1420 mm shoulder to hem, Circumference: 625 mm waist, Circumference: 1880 mm hem

Object history note

Worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to West Germany on May 19th 1965. The embroidery and beading design was inspired by the rococo decoration by Cuivillés of Schloss-Augustusburg,. The blue and white colours of the dress are in tribute to the family who built the house.

This dress featured on the front page of the Daily Express for May 19th 1965

Descriptive line

State evening dress of embroidered satin, designed by Hardy Amies, made in London and worn in Germany, May 1965.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Robb and Edwards, Anne. The Queen's Clothes, (Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd, London, no date) pp. 122-123

Production Note

Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II at the State Reception at Schloss Augustusborg in Brühl, West Germany

Materials

Silk satin; Porcelain; Diamante

Techniques

Beading; Embroidery

Categories

Evening wear; Formal wear; Fashion; Women's clothes; Royalty

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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