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The Vintage Guide To London | May 25, 2017

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Buy a vintage Norman Hartnell classic

Buy a vintage Norman Hartnell classic

Norman Hartnell was a major personality in the world of fashion;  known for glamorous evening clothes and dressing the royal family. The designer came to prominence when he gained the Royal Warrant as dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1940 after designing the famous ‘White Wardrobe’ (photographed by Cecil Beaton) in the late 1930s, which changed the Queen Mother’s image forever.

In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday this year, the largest display of the monarch’s dresses and accessories, including Hartnell’s designs,  is being held across the Queen’s various residencies. ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe’ is due to be held at Buckingham Palace from 23 July until 2 October 2016.

However, if you long for a highly sought after Norman Hartnell piece of your own, then look no further. June Victor at Vintage Modes, Grays, has a covetous collection of Hartnell finery on offer, which you can accessorise with jewellery from Arabella Bianco, Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery and Unicorn. Grays Antiques in Mayfair is one of London’s largest centre for antiques, vintage and collectables and based just seconds from Bond Street.