Fancy dress costume, “Infanta Margarita after Velasquez”
In early 1897, Jean-Philippe Worth received a rush order for a fancy dress costume from a regular client via transatlantic cable. Recreating the costume worn by the Infanta as portrayed by Velasquez through the use of modular components and an accurate dress form maintained for his client, Worth was able to complete and ship his commission back to New York 24 hours later. The gown itself betrays no evidence of its lightning-fast manufacture. Its silken lining and silver lace underscore the high period standards borne by all garments carrying the Worth label.
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Undated photo of a sketch of the Queen in her Coronation Dress by British couturier Norman Hartnell
Invitation to Prince Charles to attend the Coronation, 1953, Joan Hassal
Undated photo of a sketch of headdresses designed for peeresses by Norman Hartnell
Royal Collection Trust undated handout photo of a sketch of a robe designed for a peeress by British couturier Norman Hartnell, the principal designer of the outfits worn at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
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Accession Number: 1885N1536.12
'… It was intended to exploit the popular feeling of revulsion in Britain caused by the French Revolution…'
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‘In fact, some have described shoes as “candy for the eye, a poetry of the feet” ‘.