Evening dress (robe de gala) by Jacques Fath. Paris, 1948 spring/summer. Fath designed this dress for Lady Alexandra Howard-Johnston (1907-97) to wear for the official visit of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Paris in May 1948. Lady Alexandra was the wife of the Naval Attaché to Paris at the end of the 1940s. She required an extensive wardrobe for the many formal dinners and state functions that she had to attend. Collection Victoria&Albert Museum.