The Wedding Dress

Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) submitted designs for the wedding dress in August 1947. He visualized a bridal gown of fine pearl embroidery in a floral design, and cited as his inspiration Botticelli’s painting of Primavera. The rich ivory dress of duchesse satin contrasts with the white seed pearls, imported from America, silver thread, sparkling crystal and transparent appliqué tulle embroidery. Attached at the shoulders was a magnificent 13-foot silk tulle full court train, embroidered in pearl, crystal and appliqué duchesse satin. The ensemble was completed by a silk tulle veil and ivory duchesse satin high-heeled sandals, trimmed with silver and seed pearl buckles, made by Edward Rayne.

 

The Wedding Dress designed by Normal Hartnell
Detail of the Wedding Train designed by Norman Hartnell
Sketch for the design of Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress by Norman Hartnell
Fringe tiara
The ‘Queen Anne’ and ‘Queen Caroline’ pearl necklaces
The Duchess of Teck’s earrings
Wedding shoes
Bridesmaid's dress designed by Normal Hartnell worn by Lady Pamela Mountbatten
Bridesmaid's headdress
Sketch for the design of Bridesmaid’s Dress by Norman Hartnell
Sketch for the design of the Bridesmaid’s Dress by Norman Hartnell
Queen Elizabeth's dress for the Royal Wedding, designed by Norman Hartnell
Sketch for design of Queen Elizabeth’s dress and hat for the Royal Wedding by Norman Hartnell
Sketch for the design of Queen Elizabeth’s dress for the Royal Wedding by Norman Hartnell
Queen Mary's dress for the Royal Wedding designed by Norman Hartnell