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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hartnell, Norman, born 1901 - died 1979 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    machine stitched satin and silk, worked with hand sewn diamantés and sequins

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lord and Lady Carrington

  • Museum number:

    T.232-1999

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Long evening dress, tight sleeveless bodice, fastened on the back with a zip. Two large straps on the shoulders, sewn-in belt and bow at the waist, large flaring skirt with large box pleat on the front. Green and gold beaded floral motifs and foliage.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1953 (made)

Artist/maker

Hartnell, Norman, born 1901 - died 1979 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

machine stitched satin and silk, worked with hand sewn diamantés and sequins

Dimensions

Length: 144 cm

Object history note

This gown was made for and worn by Lady Iona Carrington at the Coronation Ball, in 1953. It seems as though the order was executed in a hurry as the edging in the skirt is pinked and not mounted on silk organza as per usual couture standards.

Historical significance: Typical ball gown in the style which characterises Norman Hartnell and was favoured right before and after the Second World War : formal, elegant and romantic, with tight bodices and full skirts, reminiscent of Winterhalter's seaters.

Materials

Satin; Silk; Diamantés; Sequins

Techniques

Machine sewing; Hand sewing

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Formal wear; Clothing; Royalty

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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