London's Fashion and Textiles Museum is to hold a major retrospective of British couture design by Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox this autumn entitled Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment. All three designers were served with Royal Warrants to dress the Queen and her family during their careers.
Celebrating their lives, their pioneering work and the impact they had on British fashion, the exhibition revisits key moments from their careers: from the opening of Hartnell's humble first salon in 1923, to designing the Queen's wedding dress in 1947; Amies' first men's catwalk show in 1959; and Fox's many millinery designs for the royal family.
"All of the designers in the show, including other Mayfair couturiers, had an international reputation," curator Dennis Nothdruft told us. "Hartnell in the Twenties and Thirties, and Amies in the post-war era were really well-known, well-established houses that defined British fashion around the world. They really gave British fashion a high profile."
In addition, the exhibition studies the effect that the Queen's support and nurturing of young British designers had on promoting London as a creative hub following the devastation of the Second World War - and how this translates to modern day.