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Celebrating the 'breathtaking elegance' of London couture fashion in the postwar years
Norman Hartnell and models in Vogue, 1953, Photograph by Norman Parkinson
Copyright Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive. www.normanparkinson.com
The show explores how the Queen’s patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped to put London on the international fashion map after the Second World War.
There will be pieces on show from the designers-by-royal-appointment Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, and Frederick Fox. Photographs of the designers and their work by Norman Parkinson are also on display.
The show also highlights the milliner’s role in London couture through the work of Australian-born designer Frederick Fox, who created hats for Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and many celebrities worldwide.
The exhibition ends with a discussion of the design house in the current fashion industry and the resurgence of British heritage brands, traditional tailoring and dressmaking.