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Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s Peeress’s Robes, worn at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953, possibly late 18th century with later alterations, Chatsworth


Cecil Beaton called Deborah ‘the most beautiful of all’ the peeresses in this off-the-shoulder robe, believed to have been reworked from an original worn by Georgiana, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire. In her memoirs, Deborah describes how she came to wear it:
"…Moucher [Mary Devonshire] was to have the robes that had been carefully put away by Granny Evie in 1937 after King George VI’s coronation. Chatsworth, as always, came to the rescue. There were a number of tin boxes…In the vain hope of finding something for me, we started going through them and, lo and behold, from beneath a ton of tissue paper in the box that had held Moucher’s, appeared a second crimson peeress’s robe. The velvet is of exceptional quality, so soft your fingers hardly know they’re touching it, and of such pure brilliant crimson as to make you blink." Deborah Devonshire, Wait for me! (John Murray, 2010)

Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s Peeress’s Robes, worn at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953, possibly late 18th century with later alterations, Chatsworth

Cecil Beaton called Deborah ‘the most beautiful of all’ the peeresses in this off-the-shoulder robe, believed to have been reworked from an original worn by Georgiana, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire. In her memoirs, Deborah describes how she came to wear it:

"…Moucher [Mary Devonshire] was to have the robes that had been carefully put away by Granny Evie in 1937 after King George VI’s coronation. Chatsworth, as always, came to the rescue. There were a number of tin boxes…In the vain hope of finding something for me, we started going through them and, lo and behold, from beneath a ton of tissue paper in the box that had held Moucher’s, appeared a second crimson peeress’s robe. The velvet is of exceptional quality, so soft your fingers hardly know they’re touching it, and of such pure brilliant crimson as to make you blink."
Deborah Devonshire, Wait for me! (John Murray, 2010)

(Left) Cocktail dress by Victor Steibel, late 1950’s London - Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
(Right) Evening dress by Miss Ford, ca 1957 London - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
Miss Ford was a little known designer who designed clothing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret throughout their early lives.
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(Left) Cocktail dress by Victor Steibel, late 1950’s London - Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

(Right) Evening dress by Miss Ford, ca 1957 London - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

Miss Ford was a little known designer who designed clothing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret throughout their early lives.

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Evening dress, date missing (ca 1950’s?) - Bust is 81-86cm/32-34in, about a size 4-8 UK/0-4 US.
(Below) Ballgown, ca 1940 - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
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Evening dress, date missing (ca 1950’s?) - Bust is 81-86cm/32-34in, about a size 4-8 UK/0-4 US.

(Below) Ballgown, ca 1940 - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s
Bust is 97cm/38in, waist is 71cm/28in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.
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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s

Bust is 97cm/38in, waist is 71cm/28in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.

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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s
Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 64cm/25in, about a size 12 UK/8 US.
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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s

Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 64cm/25in, about a size 12 UK/8 US.

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Ballgowns by Harald, 1950’s London - Busts are 97cm/38in, waists are 72cm/28in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.
The lot includes an altered 1930’s dress.
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Ballgowns by Harald, 1950’s London - Busts are 97cm/38in, waists are 72cm/28in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.

The lot includes an altered 1930’s dress.

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Ballgown by Harald, 1955-58 London - Bust is 91-97cm/36-38in, waist is 66cm/26in, about a size 12-16 UK/8-12 US with a small waist.
(Below) Ballgown by Harald, 1950’s London - Bust is 91-97cm/36-38in, waist is 71cm/28in, about a size 12-16 UK/8-12 US.
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Ballgown by Harald, 1955-58 London - Bust is 91-97cm/36-38in, waist is 66cm/26in, about a size 12-16 UK/8-12 US with a small waist.

(Below) Ballgown by Harald, 1950’s London - Bust is 91-97cm/36-38in, waist is 71cm/28in, about a size 12-16 UK/8-12 US.

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Ballgowns by Digby Morton, 1950-55
(Measurements are given en masse) Busts are 86cm/34in, waists are 56-61cm/22-24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US with a very small waist.
The lot includes an evening coat and day suit, also by Digby Morton.
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Ballgowns by Digby Morton, 1950-55

(Measurements are given en masse) Busts are 86cm/34in, waists are 56-61cm/22-24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US with a very small waist.

The lot includes an evening coat and day suit, also by Digby Morton.

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Ballgowns, 1950’s
The lot is the contents of an attic trunk, including four 1930s velvet and satin evening gowns, peasant-style embroidered blouses, two 1950s ballgowns, assorted gloves, petticoats, etc.
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Ballgowns, 1950’s

The lot is the contents of an attic trunk, including four 1930s velvet and satin evening gowns, peasant-style embroidered blouses, two 1950s ballgowns, assorted gloves, petticoats, etc.

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(Left) Cocktail dress by Rahvis, mid-1950’s UK
(Right) Day dress, 1950’s? - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 56cm/22in, about a size 8 UK/4 US with a very small waist.
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(Left) Cocktail dress by Rahvis, mid-1950’s UK

(Right) Day dress, 1950’s? - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 56cm/22in, about a size 8 UK/4 US with a very small waist.

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Evening dress by Rahvis, mid-1950’s UK
Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 12 UK/8 US with a very small waist.
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Evening dress by Rahvis, mid-1950’s UK

Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 12 UK/8 US with a very small waist.

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