"Royal dress must never be pedestrian. It requires a style outside the prevailing conventions of modishness. It must, in fact, reflect as little as possible if it is to retain its dignity.." Norman Hartnell.
The Queen Mother knighted Hartnell in 1977 for his services to the Royal Household. He became known as ‘The First Fashion Knight’, and was one of only four British designers to ever have been knighted; Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood....
Interesting 'rags to riches' story... Maybe a fashion week show should be done purely in candle light as was once one of Hartnell's ...something to do with blowing a fuse...we've all done that haven't we! .