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POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE; Designing for the Queen with Michael Pick

Sponsored by Jolly's

Rarely in the height of fashion, but fashionable; elegant, often unique and always practical, the roots of The Queen’s style lie in the 1940s. This illustrated lecture examines the British skills of three world famous London based designers, who created her evolving style over seven decades.

Michael Pick, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts is the author of seven books on design and the decorative  arts including “Hardy Amies” and “Be Dazzled: Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion”. He has contributed to numerous publications, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Apollo, The Connoisseur, Tatler, Harpers & Queen, and Vogue. Michael was responsible for the renovation of the famous Mayfair art moderne Norman Hartnell salon.

Join Michael for a journey back in time to the early decades of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign which were dominated by hourglass silk gowns for night, such as the show-stopping, New Look-inspired satin and black velvet gown that Hartnell made for the young Queen in 1952, or the kingfisher-blue silk and lace dress he created for her for Princess Margaret’s wedding in 1960. For day, there were more subdued pretty dresses worn with white Rayne sandals and neat little hats; Hardy Amies introduced vibrant colours and clean shapes to the Queen’s daywear…

Booking tickets:

Tickets on sale 22 Feb

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call 0844 847 5256


Cost: £10

Students : £5

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Category: Talk

Time: 14:00

Venue: The Tea Rooms, The Assembly Rooms

Sponsored by Jolly's