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Royal Designer Norman Hartnell Part Two: Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress

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In our last post on Norman Hartnell, we reviewed the major impact that Queen Elizabeth’s ‘white wardrobe’ had during her 1938 State Visit to France.

During the war years, Norman made very few original pieces due to restrictions, but he did help to update existing pieces owned by the Royal family. A major commission came in 1947, when he was asked to design the wedding dress for Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Philip of Greece.

Despite the numerous gowns he had created for society brides, the dress he came up with for the Princess was completely original and different from what he had designed before. It didn’t quite make our Top Ten Favourite Royal Wedding Dresses, but it is beautiful in it’s own way and for its time. Princess Elizabeth’s gown was was made of ivory duchess satin and had enhanced shoulders, long sleeves, a full skirt, and an…

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