The Queens Favourite - DESIGNER

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Known for being the Queens favourite courtier and a fast choice with debutantes, Norman Hartwell was a popular well known label from 1923 to 1991. This timeless dress is at least 50 years young and in wonderful condition. Notable features include collar and cuff detailing, wash-and-wear fabric, and easy flattering tailoring for repeat wearing unique to bygone eras.

The ready to wear design and cut are perfect for long-term wear, with a flattering fit and the versatility to be dressed up or down. An advantageous choice year-round, equally suited to sandals in summer and boots in winter.

Circa: 1940 - 1980
Origin
: United Kingdom
Label: Norman Harwell

Fabric: Easy Care (Poly/Nylon/Acrylic/Acetate) wash and wear
Condition: Very good Good commensurate with age and love

Modern Size Indicator*:
12 - 14
Measurement: Bust 54 cmWaist 52 cm, Hip 60 cm (Laid flat)
Vintage Size Indicator: na

Fit: Tailored at bust to waist
Fixture: Original

DESIGNER INFORMATION:: More information about Sir Norman Hartwell and his iconic designs can be found here at the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource or, in a Vogue article here.

NOTE: Sale Items/Damaged Items cannot be exchanged, refunded, or returned. Additional items pictured are not included in the sale and are for illustrative purposes only. Colors may display differently on various devices.

Our vintage items are rated as follows:
  • Excellent: Near or near to new quality, with no noted flaws and may often be presented in original packaging or, with original tags (deadstock) all commensurate with age and love
  • Very Good: May have some minor issue, as seen or noted
  • Good: Some minor flaws which may be repairable, or may not detract from the garment when worn
  • Rescue: Flaws as described which may or may not detract when worn in most cases possibility of repair

We estimate sizes as current or, 'modern' sizing rather than vintage sizing as eras do vary.

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