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Gown Collection

From Buckingham Palace to the stage, the gown has always been a symbol of elegance and power

Background imageGown Collection: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace 1953

Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace 1953

Background imageGown Collection: Springs Promise, by Marjorie Miller

Springs Promise, by Marjorie Miller

Background imageGown Collection: The Death of the Bullfighter; La Muerte del Torero, (oil on canvas)

The Death of the Bullfighter; La Muerte del Torero, (oil on canvas)
823533 The Death of the Bullfighter; La Muerte del Torero, (oil on canvas) by Villegas y Cordero, Jose (1844-1921); 303x505 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGown Collection: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured together in the Grand Entrance in Buckingham Palace in 1954

Background imageGown Collection: Plague doctor, 17th century artwork

Plague doctor, 17th century artwork
Plague doctor. 17th century artwork titled Doktor Schnabel von Rom (Beak Doctor from Rome). The text is in Latin. The costumes bronze mask contained aromatic herbs and reduced exposure to bad air

Background imageGown Collection: Maria Callas in Dior

Maria Callas in Dior
Maria Callas (1923-1977), American opera singer of Greek parentage pictured in the sitting room of her Milan home wearing a Christian Dior evening gown in floral print. Date: 1958

Background imageGown Collection: THE SUPREMES, c1963. American vocal trio. From left to right: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson

THE SUPREMES, c1963. American vocal trio. From left to right: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross in performance

Background imageGown Collection: BEARDSLEY: SALOME. The Black Cape. Pen-and-ink drawing by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley for Oscar

BEARDSLEY: SALOME. The Black Cape. Pen-and-ink drawing by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

Background imageGown Collection: Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows
" The Badgers winter stores, which indeed were visible everywhere, took up half the room." Date: First published: 1908

Background imageGown Collection: Laodicea Dicey Langston of South Carolina protecting her elderly father

Laodicea Dicey Langston of South Carolina protecting her elderly father, a known supporter of the revolutionary cause
SOUTH CAROLINA: LOYALISTS. Laodicea Dicey Langston of South Carolina protecting her elderly father, a known supporter of the revolutionary cause

Background imageGown Collection: Fashions for 1954

Fashions for 1954
On the left, a caramel coloured restaurant suit in heavy silk shantung, its melting shoulder line, vertically seamed jacket, slanting pockets " are all allies for your pleasant evening"

Background imageGown Collection: Flower in her Hair by David Wright

Flower in her Hair by David Wright
Lovely pin-up by David Wright depicting a slender woman in a strapless black evening dress at her dressing table fixing a flower into her swept up hair. c.1950

Background imageGown Collection: Royal Wedding 1986 - Fergie curtseys to the Queen

Royal Wedding 1986 - Fergie curtseys to the Queen
A smiling Lady Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, curtseys to Queen Elizabeth II, her mother-in-law following her marriage to Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986. Date: 1986

Background imageGown Collection: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured together in the Grand Entrance in Buckingham Palace in 1954

Background imageGown Collection: HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, 12th March 1953

HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, 12th March 1953. The Queen is shown wearing the Diamond Diadem, the sash, badge and star of the Order of the Garter

Background imageGown Collection: Dance in the public ballroom of the Imperial Palace, Vienna. Watercolor by Wilhelm Gause, 1900

Dance in the public ballroom of the Imperial Palace, Vienna. Watercolor by Wilhelm Gause, 1900
COURT BALL AT THE HOFBURG. Dance in the public ballroom of the Imperial Palace, Vienna. Watercolor by Wilhelm Gause, 1900. Emperor Francis Joseph is on the far right

Background imageGown Collection: HM Queen Elizabeth II with her Maids of Honour, The Coronation, 2nd June 1953. Artist: Cecil Beaton

HM Queen Elizabeth II with her Maids of Honour, The Coronation, 2nd June 1953. Artist: Cecil Beaton
HM Queen Elizabeth II with her maids of honour, Green Drawing Room, Buckingham palace, 2nd June 1953. In selecting six Maids of Honour instead of pages to bear her velvet train throughout

Background imageGown Collection: Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary

Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary consort, George V wearing the Imperial State Crown, and Royal Purple Robe of State

Background imageGown Collection: PRIDE & PREJUDICE, 1894. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr Darcy at the Ball

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, 1894. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr Darcy at the Ball. Illustration by Hugh Thomson from the 1894 edition of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice, originally published in 1813

Background imageGown Collection: Feathered Gown

Feathered Gown
A Norman Hartnell evening gown. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Background imageGown Collection: American actor James Dean with Swiss actress Ursula Andress, 9 September 1955

American actor James Dean with Swiss actress Ursula Andress, 9 September 1955
DEAN & ANDRESS, 1955. American actor James Dean with Swiss actress Ursula Andress, 9 September 1955

Background imageGown Collection: The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955

The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955
A stunning, bold front cover design featuring a tall and elegant woman wearing a simple black strapless evening dress and a sumptuous lime green wrap with matching choker necklace

Background imageGown Collection: Vivien Leigh on front cover of The Tatler

Vivien Leigh on front cover of The Tatler
Vivien Leigh pictured on the front cover of The Tatler wearing a magnificent ball gown of black satin, velvet and taffeta designed by Cecil Beaton for her film role of Anna Karenina

Background imageGown Collection: Capture The Moment. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)

Capture The Moment. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)
Capture The Moment. Found in the collection of Museo Sorolla, Madrid

Background imageGown Collection: Wedding dress of Aphra Farquhar by Worth

Wedding dress of Aphra Farquhar by Worth
A regal wedding dress of white pure silk and antique lace designed by Owen Hyde-Clarke of Worth for the wedding of Aphra Farquhar Fetherstonhaugh to the Earl of Dundonald in 1960

Background imageGown Collection: ARROW SHIRT COLLAR AD. American advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker for Arrow Collars & Shirts

ARROW SHIRT COLLAR AD. American advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker for Arrow Collars & Shirts
ARROW SHIRT COLLAR AD. American advertisement by J.C. Leyendecker for Arrow Collars & Shirts

Background imageGown Collection: Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)

Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)
Dorothy Gish in Madame Pompadour (1927)

Background imageGown Collection: AUSTEN: PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr

AUSTEN: PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr. Darcy at the Ball. Illustration by Hugh Thomson from an 1894 edition of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813

Background imageGown Collection: The Tatler front-cover: The Duchess of Windsor

The Tatler front-cover: The Duchess of Windsor
The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, in The Tatler magazine, March 1939. The caption reads: This portrait of the beautiful wife of H.R.H

Background imageGown Collection: If Unhealthy, be healthy: If Healthy by Healthier

If Unhealthy, be healthy: If Healthy by Healthier
An energetic man starts the day in his dressing gown by diving off the mantelpiece of his living room, using his wifes head as a springboard

Background imageGown Collection: Little Lady Bountiful

Little Lady Bountiful - a young girl in a white summer gown offers her less well-to- do friends (one of whom has been collecting reeds) a slice of cake

Background imageGown Collection: Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) French singer in her dressing room at Alexandra Palace before taking part in a BBC cabaret show called Cafe Continental

Background imageGown Collection: Man in Dressing Gown

Man in Dressing Gown
Man models a wool jersey dressing gown, and his wire- haired fox terrier poses for the camera

Background imageGown Collection: Female Type / Pre-Raph

Female Type / Pre-Raph
A Pre-Raphaelite style girl with long flame-coloured hair and white gown sits amongst the pink blossoms of a tree in bloom and gazes dreamily upwards

Background imageGown Collection: WILLIAM GILLETTE

WILLIAM GILLETTE American actor and dramatist, in the role of Sherlock Holmes Date: 1855 - 1937

Background imageGown Collection: Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), from Lodges British Portraits, 1823

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), from Lodges British Portraits, 1823
KW178667 Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), from Lodges British Portraits, 1823 (engraving) by Zuccaro, Taddeo (1529-66) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGown Collection: PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. Princess Charlotte Augusta (1796-1817). Canvas by G. Dawe

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. Princess Charlotte Augusta (1796-1817). Canvas by G. Dawe

Background imageGown Collection: ELIZABETH BOWEN (1899-1973). Irish writer. Canvas, 1969, by Andr

ELIZABETH BOWEN (1899-1973). Irish writer. Canvas, 1969, by Andr

Background imageGown Collection: Costume design by Bergere Oscar Perrault

Costume design by Bergere Oscar Perrault
Costume design or fashion illustration for Bergere Oscar Perrault for a girl in lilac gown with pearl detail and feather fan, 1920s 1920s

Background imageGown Collection: LA TOUR: THE CHEAT, c1625. Georges de La Tour: The Cheat. Canvas, c1625

LA TOUR: THE CHEAT, c1625. Georges de La Tour: The Cheat. Canvas, c1625

Background imageGown Collection: Art Deco Wedding

Art Deco Wedding
Fashion design for an elegant wedding group. The brides dress is made from white brocade and satin. Bridesmaid wears a grey trimmed dress as does a wedding guest

Background imageGown Collection: Sacha Guitry / Wife / 1929

Sacha Guitry / Wife / 1929
SACHA GUITRY French actor and playwright, with his wife Yvonne Printemps during a visit to London

Background imageGown Collection: Advert / 4711 Cologne Ils

Advert / 4711 Cologne Ils
4711 Eau de Cologne - perfect elegance

Background imageGown Collection: Lady Duff Gordon

Lady Duff Gordon
The latest portrait of Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon who under the name of Lucile conducts two highly successful costumiers salons, one in London and the other in New York

Background imageGown Collection: Woman Washing / Basin 1927

Woman Washing / Basin 1927
An attractive woman wearing a patterned dressing gown washes in a basin

Background imageGown Collection: Entrance, Christs Hospital School

Entrance, Christs Hospital School
Pupils stand outside the entrance to Christs Hospital School

Background imageGown Collection: Jeff Lynne on his wedding day, 11th April 1972. Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne on his wedding day, 11th April 1972. Jeff Lynne, (aged 24) singer and songwriter with the Birmingham group, The Move, marries Miss Rosemary Adams (aged 19 and a trainee teacher)

Background imageGown Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Ella, aka Cinderella, in her beautiful gown, dancing with the Prince at the Ball. Date: 1919



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From Buckingham Palace to the stage, the gown has always been a symbol of elegance and power. In this iconic portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 1953, she dons a regal gown fit for a queen. In Marjorie Miller's painting 'Spring's Promise, ' a delicate floral gown captures the essence of renewal and hope. It reminds us that fashion can be an expression of optimism and beauty. The love story continues as Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh grace us with their presence in 1954. The Queen's stunning gown radiates sophistication, while the Duke stands by her side in admiration. Maria Callas enchants audiences not only with her mesmerizing voice but also with her impeccable style. Dressed in Dior, she exudes glamour and allure on stage. Traveling back in time to the 17th century, we encounter an eerie yet fascinating figure - the plague doctor. Clad in a distinctive cloak-like gown adorned with bird-like masks, this haunting image serves as a reminder of our history's darkest times. Literature comes alive through Kenneth Grahame's 'Wind in the Willows. ' As Mr. Toad embarks on his adventures, he sports various outfits including an elegant evening gown during his escapades at Toad Hall. The Supremes captivate audiences with their soulful harmonies and show-stopping performances. Their matching gowns exemplify unity and style as they take center stage together. Stepping into 1954 fashion trends, we witness women embracing femininity through elegant gowns that accentuate their curves and celebrate their individuality. David Wright's artwork 'Flower in her Hair' depicts timeless beauty enhanced by an exquisite flowing gown. The combination creates an ethereal aura that captivates all who behold it. A royal wedding is never complete without breathtaking gowns worn by both bride and guests alike.