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    Evening Dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II | Norman Hartnell | c. 1957 Lavish gold and white beadwork encrusts this ivory evening dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Paris in 1957. The dazzling, jewel-like details of the embroidered design include miniature bees, grasses, wheat and wild flowers. These motifs are worked in relief in faceted glass, gold beads, brilliants and variously shaped pearls, mother-of-pearl and gold petals. It also features an extravagant back bow. The design of this single-occasion gown diplomatically refers to French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. It was intended to both compliment the French nation and draw attention to the Queen. (V&A)

  • Caroline London

    Norman Hartnell, "The Flowers of the Fields of France," 1957. Lavish beadwork encrusts this dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Paris in 1957. The details of the embroidered design include miniature bees, grasses, wheat and wild flowers. The design of this single-occasion gown diplomatically refers to French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. It was intended to both compliment the French nation and draw attention to the Queen.

  • Ej Howell

    museum clothes 1950 | Victoria and Albert Museum: British Glamour Since 1950's | Fashion ...

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