You're Royally Invited!
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee collection celebrates 70 years since HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second’s coronation. The intricately hand-drawn design was inspired by the magnificent dress worn by The Queen during her Coronation in 1952.
Transporting us back to 1952, when thousands of people gathered to watch a young Princess Elizabeth take the throne, I've taken inspiration from the magnificent dress the Queen wore. I wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion by paying tribute to the breathtaking design that our young Princess wore 70 years ago.
The dress, which was designed by British fashion designer Norman Hartnell, featured embroidered flowers from countries within the Commonwealth including the Tudor rose (England), thistle (Scotland), leek (Wales), shamrock (Ireland), wattle (Australia), maple leaf (Canada), fern (New Zealand), protea (South Africa), lotus flowers (India and Ceylon) and wheat, cotton, and jute (Pakistan).
When researching the Coronation I was astounded at the beauty and intricacy of the Coronation dress, and the fascinating stories surrounding its design, such as the difficulty British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell (1901–1979) found when trying to include the leek, the National flower of Wales. Incredibly, he somehow managed to transform the earthy Leek into a emblem fit for a Queen!
Hartwell also managed to sneak one tiny small four-leaf clover, just where her hand would brush during the day, to bring the new monarch good luck. On reading this, I instantly knew this was what the Platinum Jubilee design would be based on. I have also included one four leaf clover - can you find it in the design?
This collection means so much to me, and I absolutely loved designing the individual pieces. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Love, Victoria x
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