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.

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.

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."

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."

Formal Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1953, lamé, lace. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II] in Wellington, New Zealand during the worldwide Commonwealth Tour from November 1953 to May 1954."

Formal Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1953, lamé, lace. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II] in Wellington, New Zealand during the worldwide Commonwealth Tour from November 1953 to May 1954."

Norman Hartnell evening dress ca. 1953 From Kerry Taylor...

Norman Hartnell evening dress ca. 1953 From Kerry Taylor... (Fripperies and Fobs)

Evening dress, silk crêpe faced with velvet, Norman Hartnell, 1933,  Victoria and Albert Museum Collection

Evening dress, silk crêpe faced with velvet, Norman Hartnell, 1933, Victoria and Albert Museum Collection

Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1959, with crinoline skirt heavily embroidered with beads and sequins. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1959, with crinoline skirt heavily embroidered with beads and sequins. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Evening dress designed by Norman Hartnell for Queen Elizabeth II, 1950’s  From the Royal Collection

Evening dress designed by Norman Hartnell for Queen Elizabeth II, 1950’s From the Royal Collection

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