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Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment with a special tour”, the exhibition of London couture fashion by the designers to H.M. The Queen: Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox.Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment celebrates the timeless elegance of London couture and explores how the Queen’s patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped put London on the international fashion map after the Second World War.

Whilst the English have been renowned for their tailoring since the 18th century, there was little typically British couture until Norman Hartnell opened in 1923. His elegant gowns attracted royal and aristocratic customers. Known for the design of the Queen’s wedding dress in 1947 and Coronation Dress of 1953 – the iconic dress of the mid-twentieth century – Hartnell (1901–79) expressed the characteristics and the quality of British high fashion and set the standard for generations to come.

16 November 2012 – 23 February 2013
Open Tuesday-Saturday / 11am-6pm
Last Admissions 5.15pm

Ticket Price: £7 / £5 concessions
Tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit or in advance by telephone. Ticket booking line: 0844 248 5076

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