Dress and coat, Norman Hartnell, 1958

Dress and coat, Norman Hartnell, 1958

Dress and Coat Norman Hartnell (1901-79)
1958
Silk
Museum no. T.170&A-1990
Worn and given by Mrs Wingate
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Hartnell enjoyed a high profile due to the patronage of the royal family. This ensemble is typically regal and luxurious, its exquisite pin-tucking making full use of the couturier's craft. By working for wedding gown manufacturers Berketex, Hartnell also made his version of romanticism available to a wider market.