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Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-79)

Evening gown c.1956

Duchess satin with embroidery of pearls, sequins and looped bugle beads | RCIN 200111

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Worn by The Queen to address the House of Representatives in Lagos, Nigeria, 2 February 1956. This elegant crinoline-skirted gown features loops of embroidery all over the skirt. These are repeated in heavy encrustation around the neckline in a style reminiscent of African tribal necklaces.