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 1953
~Evening Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1958, satin, lace, embroidered with sequins, diamanté and beads and has a single-shouldered bodice and a full crinoline skirt. It was worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II to a banquet during the State Visit to the Netherlands in March 1958~
Photos (Top): June 25 1953 Royal Command Portrait of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret by Dorothy Wilding, before her tour of Southern Rhodesia (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). The princess is seen wearing a 1952 dress of grey lace and tulle with matching bolero by Norman Hartnell. (Bottom): Installation view of the dress from the "Fashion Rules" exhibition at Kensington Palace (credit: Books, Birkins and Beauty / mariannalondon.blogspot.com). CLICK THROUGH FOR BIGGER IMAGES.
~Norman Hartnell, gold silk evening dress, late 1930s, via Kent State University Museum~
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." The Queen also wore this dress during the State Visit of King Olav of Norway to Britain in 1962.