Juicy Couture held a little soiree on Bruton Street last week to celebrate the unveiling of the Norman Hartnell suite, which adjoins their current shop on the famed shopping street. Now who, you may ask, is Sir Norman Hartnell? Hartnell is often referred to as “The First Fashion Knight” as he was the first in fashion to be appointed KCVO (a dynastic order of Knighthood). The unveiling of his studio is appropriately timed, two weeks before the Royal Wedding, as Norman Hartnell designed wedding dresses for not one but three members of the Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth II. He also designed the coronation dress for Queen Elizabeth II, following the untimely death of her father George VI in 1952. Norman Hartnell not only dressed several members of the Royal Family but also several members of the glitterati including Marlene Dietrich, Merle Oberon and Elizabeth Taylor. If these four walls of Hartnell’s suite could talk, oh the stories they would tell.
Here’s a look at the lovely party Juicy Couture held in Hartnell’s honour. I won’t show too much of the studio as I believe this is one part of fashion history you’ll want to discover on your own. Juicy Couture should be recognized and thanked for opening up a treasure trove of British fashion history for the world to see.