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Austerity Dressing?

"Quite early in the war, Norman Hartnell was summoned to discuss the Queen's costume for hostilities. It was comparatively easy to stick to the government rules for 'austerity' dressing: a limited number ofseams per dress, narrow collars and belts, a minimum of frills. Embroidery was forbidden, so Hartnell hand-painted garlands of lilac on one satin gown which, with jewels, became the Queen's standard uniform at diplomatic soirees."
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