Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1959, with crinoline skirt heavily embroidered with beads and sequins. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1959, with crinoline skirt heavily embroidered with beads and sequins. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Evening Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1957, silk with with lattice and foliate beaded embroidery. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II] for official portraits of The Queen taken by Baron in 1957."

Evening Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1957, silk with with lattice and foliate beaded embroidery. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II] for official portraits of The Queen taken by Baron in 1957."

Evening Dress, Norman Hartnell: ca. 1940's, silk, velvet. "This dress shows the influence of the ‘New Look’ introduced by Christian Dior in 1947, which combined a narrow waist with full skirts."

Evening Dress, Norman Hartnell: ca. 1940's, silk, velvet. "This dress shows the influence of the ‘New Look’ introduced by Christian Dior in 1947, which combined a narrow waist with full skirts."

Norman Hartnell, 1958. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II during the a state visit to the Netherlands.

Norman Hartnell, 1958. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II during the a state visit to the Netherlands.

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Dress This embroidered satin dress in a Chinese style is one of Norman Hartnell's earliest known designs 1924-1926

Dress This embroidered satin dress in a Chinese style is one of Norman Hartnell's earliest known designs 1924-1926

Models On Bond Street, London, 1942 The wartime look in Britain became much more austere as the years went by. This was the first collection of Utility Dresses for Women, designed by Norman Hartnell in 1942, and showcased on a very quiet Bond Street.

1940s Fashion: Iconic Looks And The Women Who Made Them Famous

Models On Bond Street, London, 1942 The wartime look in Britain became much more austere as the years went by. This was the first collection of Utility Dresses for Women, designed by Norman Hartnell in 1942, and showcased on a very quiet Bond Street.

Formal Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1961, faille dress embroidered with china beads. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II during the State Visit to Pakistan, February 1961."

Formal Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1961, faille dress embroidered with china beads. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II during the State Visit to Pakistan, February 1961."

Her Majesty The Queen | Royal Collection Trust Coronation Dress, Norman Hartnell 1953

Her Majesty The Queen | Royal Collection Trust Coronation Dress, Norman Hartnell 1953

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