Revealed: Norman Hartnell’s Designs Fit for a Queen

Sir Norman Hartnell
Sir Norman Hartnell

The much celebrated British designer, Norman Hartnell, has been synonymous with elegance and glamour since the 1930s. As the royal dressmaker to the Queen, he was naturally the first choice to design H. M.’s dress for the big day in 1953. Norman Hartnell also designed the gowns and robes for the Queen Mother, as well as other peers and nobles. This year, to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation, Norman Hartnell’s original designs have been revealed to the public. These stunning paintings bring his graceful creations to life, and I particularly enjoy his guide to wearing a tiara for the fashionable aristocracy of the 1950s.

To see the Queen’s dress as worn on the day, check out Cecil Beaton’s Coronation portrait.

Norman Hartnell's original design for the Queen's coronation gown.
Norman Hartnell’s original design for the Queen’s coronation gown.
Hartnell's sketch of a gown for the Queen Mother.
Hartnell’s sketch of a gown for the Queen Mother.
Norman Hartnell's designs for the aristocracy (front).
Norman Hartnell’s designs for the aristocracy (front).
For the aristocrats (back).
For the aristocrats (back).
How to wear your tiara, a practical guide.
How to wear your tiara, a practical guide.

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