HARTNELL to AMIES: Couture by Royal Appointment

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

Norman Hartnell and models in Vogue, 1953, Photograph by Norman Parkinson

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.


Venue details

Fashion and Textile Museum 83 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3XF 020 7407 8664 www.ftmlondon.org

Entry details

£3.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm
Thu late until 8pm
Closed Mondays
Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan
Check website for exhibition dates

To book, call 0844 248 5076.

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