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Evening coat

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver lamé brocade with bead embroidery, lined with satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silver metallic brocade evening coat with long train and short puffed sleeves. Silver and white bead embroidery on front borders and epaulettes. With an edge to edge closure. Lined in white satin.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1938 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver lamé brocade with bead embroidery, lined with satin

Object history note

Worn and given by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The designer's label has been removed from the inside back of the coat.

Since the 1920s, the Queen Mother had frequently bought her clothes from Madame Handley-Seymour, although by 1938 she was beginning to transfer her loyalties to Norman Hartnell. Either could have produced this coat, or another couturier or dressmaker may have made it.

- Daniel Milford-Cottam, 26/04/2017

Descriptive line

Evening coat of silver lamé brocade, England, ca. 1938. Worn by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Production Note

Worn by HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother


Lamé; Beads; Brocade


Weaving; Embroidery; Beading


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

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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