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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."

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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."

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

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The Flowers of the Fields of France

Spring/summer 1957 Duchesse satin, embroidered with pearls, beads, brilliants, and gold thread Worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Paris in 1957. The dazzling, jewel-like details of the embroidered design include miniature bees, grasses, wheat and wild flowers

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Evening Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1957, silk with with lattice and foliate beaded embroidery. "Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II] for official portraits of The Queen taken by Baron in 1957."

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Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

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