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Above: "Queen Victoria in Her Coronation Robes," by Charles Robert Leslie, 1838, oil on canvas, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The portrait depicts the Queen kneeling at the altar in Westminster Abbey in her dalmatica, a gold tissue garment embellished with British emblems - golden eagles, pink roses with green leaves, green shamrocks and purple thistles. Below: Dalmatica worn by Queen Victoria on the occasion of her coronation, June 28, 1838, from In Royal Fashion, by Kay Staniland.

Above: "Queen Victoria in Her Coronation Robes," by Charles Robert Leslie, 1838, oil on canvas, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The portrait depicts the Queen kneeling at the altar in Westminster Abbey in her dalmatica, a gold tissue garment embellished with British emblems - golden eagles, pink roses with green leaves, green shamrocks and purple thistles. Below: Dalmatica worn by Queen Victoria on the occasion of her coronation, June 28, 1838, from In Royal Fashion, by Kay Staniland.

Evening gown, by Hardy Amies, 1965. Silk, silver thread and diamanté. Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved. H.M. Queen Elizabeth II was photographed wearing this dress by Cecil Beaton in 1969. © Cecil Beaton/Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Evening gown, by Hardy Amies, Silk, silver thread and diamanté. Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved. Queen Elizabeth II was photographed wearing this dress by Cecil Beaton in © Cecil Beaton/Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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1838-1842 British Dress and mantle at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "The dress is worn with a velvet mantle, appliquéd and embroidered with flowers. Loose mantles, cloaks and capes were popular forms of outer coverings during this period. When skirts are very full, they are easier to wear than tightly fitting coats and jackets."

Dress

Early Victorian Dress Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk, trimmed with silk braid, lined with cotton, hand-sewn

Ceremonial gown, by Norman Hartnell, 1957, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed specially for Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to Paris, April 8-11th, 1957. Decorated with French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. Worn to the state dinner on the first night (Monday 8th April), hosted by President René Coty at the Elysée Palace, followed by a visit to the Opéra (see black-and-white photo, via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr).

Ceremonial gown, by Norman Hartnell, 1957, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed specially for Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to Paris, April 8-11th, 1957. Decorated with French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. Worn to the state dinner on the first night (Monday 8th April), hosted by President René Coty at the Elysée Palace, followed by a visit to the Opéra (see black-and-white photo, via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr).

Mantua (image 1) | England; Spitalfields | Textile: 1733-1734; Constructed: 1735-1740 | silk, linen, canvas, brown paper | Victoria & Albert Royal Museum | Museum #: T.324&A-1985

Mantua

Petticoat Mantua (Britain) ca. 1735 - 1740 Brocaded silk, hand-sewn with spun…

1660s English Gloves at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "As the 17th century progressed, the shape of gloves changed. The gauntlets became smaller and the length of the fingers shortened to more natural proportions. The embroidery is much denser than at the beginning of the 17th century, with a preference for metal thread over coloured silks."

Pair of gloves

Pair of gloves 1660 Leather embroidered with silver and silver gilt thread, silk ribbon and spangles

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