Dress Norman Hartnell, 1940s 1stdibs.com

Dress Norman Hartnell, 1940s 1stdibs.com (OMG that dress!)

Norman Hartnell combined flamboyant flair with the dignity and assurance of traditional British style.  The designer who famously quipped, " I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful" Norman Hartnell arrives at work on Bruton street, circa 1938.  Photo: normanhartnell.com

Sir Norman Hartnell arriving at his atelier at 26 Bruton Street, London (ca. Hartnell was a British fashion designer who was awarded the Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to Her Majesty The Queen in and subsequently as Dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II in

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indypendent-thinking: Wenda Parkinson and Barbara Goalen on the steps of Londons National Gallery wearing the New Look in Hardy Amies and Edward Molyneux designs. for Vogue, March Photo by Norman Parkinson (via BW

Fashion design, by Norman Hartnell, London, 1936-9. Museum

Fashion design by Norman Hartnell c. 1939 on display in the V&A in London. This exquisitely embroidered dress was made for Queen Elizabeth herself, along with the pearls, sash, diamonds. And a tiara just for good measure.

Circa 1953 dress by Norman Hartnell, who wrote in his autobiography, “I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful.”

Circa 1953 dress by Norman Hartnell, who wrote in his autobiography, “I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful.

Paris, 1952 by Milton Greene vintage fashion style color photo print ad model magazine designer couture green and red party cocktail dress hat gloves shoes matching full skirt hay grass 50s

Paris, 1952 by Milton Greene vintage fashion style color photo print ad model magazine designer couture green and red party cocktail dress hat gloves shoes matching full skirt hay grass

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A beautiful chiffon dress with a fanning fishtail skirt designed for the actress Gertrude Lawrence - by Norman Hartnell. Lawrence was one of Hartnell's most famous patrons.

Paper dresses arrives in France on the Champs-Elysees in 1967.  Photo by Manuel Litran (Paris Match)

isabelcostasixties: “Paper dresses arrives in France on the Champs-Elysees in Photo by Manuel Litran (Paris Match) ”

Renée in Dior's dress called "Gazette du Bon Ton", Autumn/Winter collection, H Line 1954, photo by Mark Shaw, Maison Dior, Paris

Renée in Dior's dress called "Gazette du Bon Ton", Autumn/Winter collection, H Line 1954, photo by Mark Shaw, Maison Dior, Paris

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