the loss of my computer for more than a week created havoc.
I missed getting you to the Coronation of Elizabeth II.
I think it's true what they say about-better late than never-in this case,
Vogue's 1953 April issue prepared the young Queen's subjects for turning out in appropriate fashion for the ceremony. The cover background featured Oliver Messel's coronation scarf. Messel's scarf for the label Cresta was embellished with gold leaf fit for a queen-but perfect for any commoner lining the streets of Westminster.
Messel's creative talents were also applied to textiles for Sekers Silks-commissioned for the Queen's 1953 Coronation. In the April Vogue Messel's fabrics were featured in one of his whimsical vignettes-Singes dressed as court tailors- designed & made especially by him for the issue.
A dress from John Cavanagh's Coronation Collection made in one of Messel's silks-
photograph by Seeberger
Now then, for the big day
You'll need this-
at Westminster, Norman Hartnell was the designer of choice for all the Ladies.
Governed by protocol -robes for peers and peeresses, in the latest style drawn by ERIC-
ERIC envisions Hartnell , white satin embroidered with gold and pearls, worn by a marchioness with a kirtle, a train of crimson velvet and a cape of miniver pure.(Middle English meniver, from Old French menu vair, small vair-white belly fur with no grey fur)
ERIC's sketches of the Abbey-for Ladies seated in prominent positions Go Long.
first sketch, at l., Victor Stiebel's pale grey romaine with pearl collar and at r., Worth- all white brocade with a matching jacket embellished with pastel mink.
For the other Ladies-short is fine, Hardy Amies & Peter Russell worn with lace mantillas (which I love)
& the young Queen? daunting for a 27 year old wanting to look her best-Elizabeth approved every aspect of the gown, & after 8 revisions,
resplendent in Hartnell.
tudor rose, thistle, leek, shamrock, protea, maple leaf, wattle flower, fern & the Lotus flower of India-all deeply embroidered on the gown-symbols of Elizabeth's empire.
the Coronation in detail here
read every detail about the dress here
a story in the Guardian about creating Messel's Coronation scarf here
Oliver Messel, edited by his nephew, Thomas Messel at Rizzoli here