Be Dazzled!

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Norman Hartnell Sixty Years of Glamour & Flash

Norman Hartnell (1901–1979) was a unique British designer. For nearly sixty years he was a major personality in the world of fashion.  By the mid-1930s, Hartnell's meteoric rise to fame had made London a center of style that closely rivaled Paris. While Hartnell clients included members of the English upper class and the best-known stage and film actresses, it was his royal patronage that assured him a place in history. Known for glamorous evening clothes, Hartnell augmented his early design successes by creating a series of stunning wedding dresses for his younger society clientele.  His bridal extravaganzas culminated in the romantic 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip.   While Hartnell clients included members of the English upper class as well as the best-known stage and film actresses of the time, it was his royal patronage that assured him a place in history.  Hartnell’s famous White Wardrobe, designed for Queen Elizabeth and photographed by Cecil Beaton, in the late 1930s changed the image of royalty forever. The Queen’s extraordinary Coronation dress, as well as the sublime wedding gown created for Princess Margaret, remains iconic to this day. Decades of achievement were rewarded with a knighthood in 1977, making Sir Norman Hartnell the first fashion designer to be so honored. In Be Dazzled! Norman Hartnell: Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion, the only illustrated monograph on this couturier, royal enthusiasts and style connoisseurs can examine Hartnell’s never-before published drawings, vintage photographs, fabric samples, and personal scrapbooks.



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