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Court dress

Court dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1928 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hartnell, Norman (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk tulle, sequins

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Smiley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Court presentation dress of white silk tulle spangled with diamond-shaped sequins. It has a tight bodice, and a full skirt, longer at the back and arranged in pointed flounces.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1928 (made)


Hartnell, Norman (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk tulle, sequins

Object history note

1928 Court presentation dress of Cecil Beaton's sister, Nancy Beaton (who became Lady Smiley)

Descriptive line

Court presentation dress of silk tulle, designed by Norman Hartnell, London, 1928.


Tulle; Sequins


Fashion; Formal wear; Evening wear; Embroidery; Royalty

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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