Event celebrates history of British couture


British Couture By Royal Appointment is a new event being held at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum.

The exhibition will focus on three designers who have created a number of key outfits for members of the British royal family and helped to develop the country’s couture industry.

Visitors staying at central London hotels will be able to find out more about the careers of Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox and their role in establishing British couture around the world.

Hartnell was the designer behind the Queen’s wedding dress and her Coronation outfit and is regarded as one of the first British couture figures. While Aimes supplied many of the monarch’s formal suits before specialising in menswear and Fox designed a range of top millinery pieces worn by the Queen.

Dennis Nothdruft, curator of at the Fashion and Textile Museum, said: “The creativity and craftsmanship of these designers is breath-taking and deserving of contemporary attention. With over 50 examples from private lenders we will be featuring British couture rarely seen in public before.”

Michael Pick, guest curator of the new show added: “The consummate skills of Hartnell, Amies and Fox in dressmaking, tailoring and millinery – seen worldwide through the patronage of the Royal Family – helped to re-assert Britain’s reputation as an international centre for fashion after the Second World War.”

Other highlights of the exhibition include a look at the current British fashion scene and the recent revival of traditional tailoring and dressmaking techniques.

The Fashion and Textile Museum is close to London Bridge underground station on the Northern and Jubilee Lines and the exhibition is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm, with the last entry at 5.15pm. Entry costs £7 for adults, £5 for concessions while children under 12 are admitted free of charge.