Evening Dress

1968 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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Place Of Origin

Princess Anne wore this evening dress in 1968. While her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, wore custom-made clothing designed by couturiers such as Norman Hartnell or Hardy Amies, Anne favoured ready-to-wear clothes. This evening dress was bought ready-to-wear from the Bellville Sassoon boutique, and was worn when the Princess was eighteen.

Belinda Bellville and David Sassoon's gowns were noted for their fashionable cut, bright colour palette and youthful aura. This design was perfect for the young Princess as it combined regal elegance and youthfulness, and was fashionable without being avant-garde.


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Materials and Techniques
Synthetic fabric (possibly cellulose acetate) and machine-embroidered silk organdie, lined with taffeta
Brief Description
Evening dress of synthetic fabric and embroidered organdie, designed by Belinda Bellville and David Sassoon for Bellville Sassoon, London, 1968.
Physical Description
Full length evening dress consisting of a yellow synthetic fabric skirt and an organdie bodice. The latter is embroidered in a lattice pattern in gold, yellow and orange. It has three quarter length sleeves and a roll collar. It is lined with white taffeta and has a centre back zip fastening.
Production typeReady to wear
Credit line
Given by H.R.H. Princess Anne
Object history
Worn and given by Princess Anne through Cecil Beaton
Production
Attribution note: Boutique collection
Summary
Princess Anne wore this evening dress in 1968. While her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, wore custom-made clothing designed by couturiers such as Norman Hartnell or Hardy Amies, Anne favoured ready-to-wear clothes. This evening dress was bought ready-to-wear from the Bellville Sassoon boutique, and was worn when the Princess was eighteen.



Belinda Bellville and David Sassoon's gowns were noted for their fashionable cut, bright colour palette and youthful aura. This design was perfect for the young Princess as it combined regal elegance and youthfulness, and was fashionable without being avant-garde.
Bibliographic Reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 197139
Collection
Accession Number
T.54-1974

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record createdAugust 29, 2007
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