Royal Family Couture shines in London exhibition

A new exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum focuses on the rise of couturiers in mid-century Britain and their services to Her Majesty the Queen.  Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment “…explores how the queen’s patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped put London on the international fashion map  after the Second World War.”  Designs by the likes of Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, and Frederick Fox- including Hartnell’s wedding dress for the Queen’s 1947 nuptials- are on display, alongside Australian-born Fox’s hats and headwear  and various press clippings and personal accoutrements related to the couturiers’ work.  But this isn’t just a visual frolic through the gilded wardrobes of decades past: the exhibition’s conclusion focuses on the resurgence of British heritage brands and traditional tailoring in contemporary fashion.  With over 50 examples of British couture on view as well as explorations into the craft and process behind dress and hatmaking, this is surely an exhibit not to miss.

Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment is on view from 16 November 2012 – 23 February 2013, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm.   Sponsored by the Newham College of Further Education.

Below, a series of exhibit images, courtesy of the Fashion and Textile museum.

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