We are holding a second Lunchtime Lecture this September for members!
Royal Women, the Court and the British Couture Industry in the 20th century
This illustrated lecture will explore the relationship between the court and the couture industry in Britain. It will demonstrate how royal women supported the British fashion industry by attending fashion shows and encouraging aristocratic women to wear British dresses at formal court ceremonies. Couturiers had much to gain from aristocratic women and their debutante daughters, for whom a court dress might be a single purchase in a whole new wardrobe for the London Season. The lecture will include images of court fashion in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace and will provide insight into what these historic collections can tell us about the close ties between the court and industry.
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