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During WWII, fashion designer Norman Hartnell was subject to the government trading & rationing restrictions as everyone else; the number of buttons, fastenings & amount of embroideries were all rationed.Clients ordered clothes within the restrictions or had existing clothes altered. This also applied to The Queen, who appeared in her best possible clothes in bombed areas around the country. Hartnell received her endorsement to design elegant & innovative clothes conforming to strict rationing.

Church's CC41 utility marked 1940s brown suede lace-up shoes ($150) ❤ liked on Polyvore

Dress, ca. 1735 British Heavy silk with lace pattern design woven in beige and rust on a dark brown satin ground

Callot Soeurs (French, active 1895–1937). Dress, Evening, ca. 1913. Designer: Madame Marie Gerber (French). French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mercedes de Acosta, 1954 (2009.300.1200) #reddress

Ensemble (Jacket and Dress) Ossie Clark (British, 1942–1996) Date: 1970–73 Culture: British Medium: synthetics

Dress (Robe à l'Anglaise) Date: 1780–85 Culture: British Medium: cotton Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1974 Accession Number: 1974.194.2

Ensemble Date: ca. 1810 Culture: French Medium: cotton Accession Number: 11.60.227a–d The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress 1818, American, Made of cotton (Gothic Regency)~~~~~ By 1811 in Britain, influence of the Middle Ages, termed Gothic crept into dress styles debasing the pure classical lines. The bodice gained more shaping and could be panelled. It was not cut as tight and narrow as in the first decade of the century, so it made the shoulder line broader and the dress more comfortable to wear.