Norman Hartnell used to refer to his competitor Hardy Amies as Hardly Amiable, according to Michael Pick, guest curator on Hartnell to Amies Couture By Royal Appointment, the exhibition that opens on November 16
The exhibition explores how the Queens patronage of these British designers helped to establish London as an international fashion centre after the Second World War. Hartnell, who opened his couture house in 1923, famously designed the Queens wedding dress in 1947 and Coronation dress of 1953.
Take a look at some of the pairs iconic designs...
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