Posts tagged with Norman Hartnell

Unveiled: from ‘toast rack’ to pure spectacle

  • The beautifully adorned, and rather revealing, bodice. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa
  • The train, scattered with beaded stars. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa
  • The train in all its glory. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa
  • Anne and Keira remove the 'duvet'. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa

On Monday, the Unveiled installation team unpacked what must be considered one of the exhibition’s most glamorous gowns – a glorious number designed by Norman Hartnell for Margaret Whigham, a British society beauty who married Charles Sweeney, a movie-star handsome American, in 1933. While one of the most glamorous, it is also the most tricky to pack and display due to the… Read more »